Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Two-week manual recount ordered in Costa Rican presidential elections

A worker loads a handcart with packages of ballots at the Elections' Supreme Tribunal building that was being used to manually count the votes of Sunday's general elections in San Jose, Costa Rica February 6, 2006. A two-week recount of votes was called in Costa Rica after an unprecedented too-close-to-call margin separated the two candidates in the country's presidential election, the Elections' Supreme Tribuanl said. With votes from 87 percent of polling centers counted in Sunday's poll, social democrat Oscar Arias had 40.5 percent and centrist Otton Solis had 40.3 percent. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

Even though this was the election with the lowest turnout ever (64.5 percent) it has become one of the the closest presidential elections in Costa Rican history. It reminds me of the 2000 United States presidential election, but fortunately here we use the total number of votes and don't depend on an electoral college to decide the winner. The unprecedented, tight, results forced the Elections' Supreme Tribunal to start the manual recount of votes two weeks ahead of time. The official outcome will be ready in two weeks.

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