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    Costa Rica General Election Information for Feb. 2, 2014

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – This is an overview of Costa Rica’s presidential and legislative elections on Sunday February 2nd.

    ELECTORAL INFORMATION:

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    -The polls open at 06:00 am (1200 GMT) and close at 18.00 pm (0000 GMT Monday). At 20:00 hours (0200 GMT Monday) the first results of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal is expected. The provisional data transmission will end on Monday, February 3rd at noon.

    The president and his or her two vice-presidents, and the 57 Members of the Legislative Assembly for the 2014-2018 period will  be chosen.

    VOTER INFORMATION:

    -3,078,321 Costa Rica over 18 years old.

    -Votes: 6,515 polling stations

    -Overseas: For the first time Costa Rican residents will vote abroad.12,654 voters have registered to vote in any of the 61 polling stations that will be installed on 52 Costa Rican consulates located in 42 countries.

    -Observers: They are over 100 accredited foreign observers for the elections.

    -Candidates: 13 candidates for the presidency of the Republic are presented.

    GENERAL INFORMATION:

    – Population: 4,301,712 inhabitants (2011 Census).

    – Land Area: 51,100 square kilometers.

    – GDP 2013: 49,500 million

    – Economic growth 2013: 3.5%

    – Inflation 2013: 3.4%

    – Unemployment: 10.4% (September 2013)

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