It’s official, Luis Guillermo Solís of the Partido Accion Cuidadana (PAC) won the Feb. 2 presidential elections with 30.64% of the votes, with Johnny Araya of the Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) obtaining 29.71%.
The completion of the manual count gives José María Villalta of the Frente Amplio, 17.24%; Otto Guevara of the Movimiento Libertario, 11.33%; and Rodolfo Piza of the Partio Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC), 6.01%.
Absenteeism was 31.8%
In actual number of votes, Solís won the election with 629.866 of the 2.055.472 valid votes, only 19.232 votes over Araya’s 610.634.
Costa Rica’s election regulations require that a candidate, to be proclaimed president, must obtain at least 40% of the total votes, this not being the case, there will be a run-off election on April 6, which campaign was officially kicked-off Monday afternoon by the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE).
The elections results were announced on Monday by Luis Antonio Sobrado, president of the TSE.