Costa Rican general election, 2010

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Costa Rican general election, 2010
Costa Rica
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February 7, 2010
→ 2014

Turnout 69.1%
  Laura-Chinchilla-cropped.jpg Otton Solis Fallas.JPG Otto Guevara.jpg
Nominee Laura Chinchilla Ottón Solís Otto Guevara
Party PLN PAC ML
Popular vote 863,803 464,454 384,540
Percentage 46.8% 25.2% 20.8%

President before election

Oscar Arias
PLN

Elected President

Laura Chinchilla
PLN

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Costa Rica held parliamentary and presidential elections on February 7, 2010. The ruling party before the election, the center-left National Liberation Party, put forward former Vice-President Laura Chinchilla as its presidential candidate, while the libertarian, Movimiento Libertario nominated former legislator Otto Guevara. Opinion polls before voting started consistently put Chinchilla as the front-runner, a trend confirmed in the election-night count, which showed her garnering 46.76% of the vote.[1]

The election was supervised by observers from several countries, as well as from the Organization of American States.[2] The incumbent President, Óscar Arias, was ineligible to run for a second consecutive term.

Presidential candidates[edit]

Candidates included:

Opinion polling[edit]

  • CID-Gallup 24 January 2010: Chinchilla 43%; Guevara 30%; Solís 15%; Fishman 8%
  • Borge & Asociados for Diario Extra opinion poll January 2010: Chinchilla 38.7%; Guevara 18.3%; Solís 9.6%; Fishman 3.7%
  • Demoscopía for Al Día January 2010: Chinchilla 45.1%; Guevara 30.1%; Solís 9.5%; Fishman 3.8 %[3]
  • December 2009: Chinchilla 36.7%; Guevara 16.2%; Solís 8.5%; Fishman 2.2%
  • December 2009: Chinchilla 46.6%; Guevara 19.5%; Solís 8.3%; Fishman 4.1%
  • October 2009: Chinchilla 53.0%; Guevara 15.7%; Solís 12.3%; Fishman 1.5%

Presidential election results[edit]

At 9:08 p.m. local time on election day, February 7, second-placed candidate Otton Solis conceded defeat to Laura Chinchilla, who will become Costa Rica's first female president. With approximately 40% of the vote counted, Chinchilla was consistently surpassing the 40% threshold for victory in the first round, leading Solis by 47% to 24%, with third-placed candidate Otto Guevara trailing at 21.5%.[4]


e • d Summary of the 7 February 2010 Costa Rican presidential election results
Candidates – Parties Votes %
Laura ChinchillaNational Liberation Party 863,803 46.78
Ottón SolísCitizens' Action Party 464,454 25.15
Otto GuevaraLibertarian Movement Party 384,540 20.83
Luis FishmanSocial Christian Unity Party 71,330 3.86
Óscar LópezAccess without Exclusion 35,215 1.91
Mayra GonzálezCosta Rican Renovation Party 13,376 0.72
Eugenio TrejosBroad Front 6,822 0.37
Rolando ArayaPatriotic Alliance Party* 3,795 0.21
Walter MuñozNational Integration Party* 3,198 0.17
Total (turnout 69.14%) 1,846,533 100.00
* Candidacy withdrawn in favour of Ottón Solís on 15 January 2010.
Source: TSE

Parliamentary election results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 7 February 2010 Costa Rican parliamentary election results
Parties Votes % Seats
National Liberation Party (Partido Liberación Nacional) 708,043 37.16 23
Citizens' Action Party (Partido Acción Ciudadana) 334,636 17.68 11
Libertarian Movement Party (Partido Movimiento Libertario) 275,518 14.48 9
Access without Exclusion (Accesibilidad sin Exclusión) 171,858 9.17 4
Social Christian Unity Party (Partido de Unidad Socialcristiana) 155,047 8.05 6
Costa Rican Renovation Party (Partido Renovación Costariccense) 73,150 3.79 1
Broad Front (Frente Amplio) 68.987 3.66 1
National Restoration (Restauración Nacional) 29.530 1.62 1
Patriotic Alliance Party (Partido Alianza Patriótica) 28.349 1.49
National Integration Party (Partido Integración Nacional) 14.643 0.83
Cartaginese Agricultural Union (Unión Agrícola Cartaginés) 11,862 0.58
Heredian Restoration (Restauración Herediana) 7,953 0.43
Alajuelan Restoration (Restauración Alajuelense) 7,298 0.39
Cartaginese Transparency (Transparencia Cartaginés) 4,590 0.23
Ecologist Green (Verde Ecologista) 2,901 0.15
Elderly Alliance Party (Partido Alianza Mayor) 2,724 0.15
Alajuelan Familiar Force (Fuerza Familiar Alajuelense) 1,609 0.08
Workers' and Farmers' Movement (Movimiento de Trabajadores y Campesinos) 1,127 0.06
Total (turnout 69.08%) 1,738,611 100.00 57
Source: TSE

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Jara, Francisco (2010-02-06). "AFP: First female poised for Costa Rica presidency". Google.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  3. ^ "Chinchilla Leads, Guevara Gains in Costa Rica: Angus Reid Global Monitor". Angus-reid.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  4. ^ "Solís reconoce victoria de Chinchilla - EL PAÍS". nacion.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 

Bruce M. Wilson and Juan Carlos Rodríguez-Cordero: "The general election in Costa Rica, February 2010". In Electoral Studies, Volume 30, Issue 1, March 2011, pages 231-234.