February 17th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) announced this morning the final results of Costa Rica’s February 2nd presidential elections after a manual recount.
Luis Guillermo Solis of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) won 30.64% of the vote, while Johnny Araya of the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN) garnered 29.71% of the vote. Solis managed to take just 19,232 votes more than Araya.
Leftist candidate, José María Villata of the Frente Amplio (FA) party received 17.24%; Otto Gueavara of the Libertarian Movement, 11.33% and Rodolfo Piza of the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC) took 6.01%.
Solis and Araya will face off in a runoff election on April 6th. The candidate who wins the most votes in the runoff wins the election. Under Costa Rica’s constitution, should both candidates receive the same number of votes, the elder of the two candidates will become president.