Weekly Report - 14 October 2021 (WR-21-41)

COSTA RICA: Race wide open ahead of February

Antonio Sobrado, the president of Costa Rica’s supreme electoral court (TSE), has officially called the 7 February 2022 general elections. The previous 2017/2018 electoral cycle produced some major upsets – not least the shock first-round victory of evangelical pastor Fabricio Alvarado, who Carlos Alvarado of the centre-left Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) went on to defeat in the April 2018 second round run-off. With a record 27 presidential candidates having thrown their hats in the ring for the current election, from which President Alvarado is constitutionally barred from standing, and polls again indicating voter uncertainty and disillusionment with the political class, the 2022 contest looks similarly unpredictable.

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