The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Today, Sunday April 6, 2014 marks the second round of voting in the Costa Rica presidential elections, to choose between Luis Guillermo Solís, candidate of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) and the candidate of the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN), Johnny Araya.

Solis – winner of the first round of voting in February 2, with 30.64% of the vote and with a lead of only 0.93% on Araya – stood unrivaled in the race since March 5, the date Araya decided to forgo the campaign.

Although legally he cannot fully withdraw and is still eligible on the ballot, Araya claimed that he was abandoning the fight because survey results showed a crushing defeat against Solis and because he did not have enough money to fund the rest of the campaign.

With his opponent out of the competition, Solis’s goal of reaching a million votes today to legitimize his rise to the presidency is imminent, replacing Laura Chinchilla on May 8.

Voting began at 0600 hours (1200 GMT) at the 6,515 polling centers, with the challenge posed by the electoral authorities to achieve a high turnout. The winner will rule during the period 2014-2018.

The candidate’s journey will end at 1800 hours (0000 GMT) with the closing of the polling stations.

Solis has a long day of activities planned.  In contrast, Araya said he will stay at home this Sunday and only come out to accompany their vice presidential candidates to vote. He also rejected the invitation from his party to await the results of this vote at the Green Balcony, headquarters of the PLN party.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal announced that over 88,000 people will be responsible for monitoring this process, among them 35,735 attorneys and 16,797 accredited polling stations.

For this occasion, Costa Ricans have the opportunity to vote again abroad at Costa Rican consulates in 42 countries, where a total of 12,654 people have registered to participate in this election away from their homeland.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica