The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The ban on electoral propaganda and published surveys began today for both parties in anticipation of the second round of voting next Sunday in Costa Rica, in which citizens will elect the president for the 2014-2018 period.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) reported that as of today the spread of paid announcements in newspapers, radio, television and the internet are prohibited, as well as survey results and exit poll surveys.

In the second round next Sunday the candidate of the center-left Citizen Action Party (PAC), Luis Guillermo Solis, and the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN), Johnny Araya will face off for the presidency.

Araya withdrew from the campaign in early March when he felt there was little chance of winning, but the Constitution prohibits full waivers of the presidential candidates after the first vote, so the former mayor of San Jose could still be president.

The TSE said that the media ban put in force today also prohibits candidates from having rallies in public areas or attend sports and cultural activities to mobilize large numbers of people over the weekend.

For the elections, around 3.1 million Costa Ricans will choose between Araya and Solis to be the next president of the Republic, replacing Laura Chinchilla, the first woman to hold office in the country’s history.

The new president will take office on May 8, while the 57 new members of Congress will start a month later. (ACAN-EFE)

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica