Costa Ricans head to the polls today to elect their municipal leaders
Costa Ricans head to the polls today to elect their municipal leaders

QCOSTARICA – If by chance you’ve missed it, today is municipal elections days in Costa Rica. The day Costa Ricans will elect their municipal leaders: mayors, deputy mayors, and district councilors, among others, throughout the country.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) – elections tribunal – approved a total of 31,235 candidates seeking to occupy the 6,069 municipal posts.

In total, 3.2 million Costa Ricans are enrolled in the voters’ list, but voter turn out is expected to be low. If the past couple of municipal elections is any indication, for 2016 the voter turnout isn’t expected to be higher than a quarter of the total voters.

Perhaps this due to a campaigning ban for the days leading up to Sunday.

The La Nacion online has a special section the municipal elections. Worth taking a look.

For this municipal election day several communities have decided to enforce a ban on liquor and beer sales. Of the 81 cantons in Costa Rica, six said no to alcohol: Acosta, Alajuelita and Montes de Oca (in the province of San Jose); and Belén (Heredia), Atenas (Alajuela) and Cañas (Guanacaste).

The ban is based on a 2012 law that allows each local government to decide on the flow of alcohol during elections and holidays like Holy Week and Independence Day (Sep. 15).