Sunday 5 February 2023

Viva La Democracia! First Polls Open In Australia in Costa Rica’s Presidential Elections

Sydney, Seoul and Tokyo were the first three, in that order, voting stations for Ticos to vote outside of Costa Rica

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Although in Costa Rica the second round voting to elect the next President doesn’t occur until Sunday morning, 123 Costa Ricans – 63 men and 60 women – in Sydney, Australia already began casting their votes.

Voting in Australia. Photo Crhoy.com

The Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE) – elections tribunal – has 31,896 Ticos registered to vote outside the country, at 52 consulates in 42 countries. The largest majority of Tico voters outside the country are in the United States, a total of 22,384 registered voters.

Voting takes place under the watchful eyes of TSE officials arriving at each consulate to monitor that the process is transparent and in accordance with Costa Rica’s election laws.

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The second voting station to open its doors was in South Korea and third Japan.

 

Randall Arce Villalobos, the first to vote outside Costa Rica. Photo from Facebook

The first Costa Rican to vote outside the country was Randal Arce, a visual artist and international tour director, who has lived in Australia for the past 10 years. He was also the first to cast a vote worldwide in the February 4 elections.

 

Polls in Costa Rica open at 6:00 am Sunday morning and close at 6 pm.

Sydney is 14 hours ahead (GMT+10) of Costa Rica time. Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo are 13 hours ahead (GMT+9).

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