With flags and cheers, Costa Rica faces an uncertain future on Election Eve

February 3, 2018

The weather seemed appropriate on this unusually complicated Election Eve, but at least some voters’ spirits were high nonetheless. As unseasonably dark clouds drew together over San José and the last rays of sun struggled to find their way through, excited party supporters flooded San Pedro’s Rotonda de la Hispanidad, filling the streets with color, honking and cheers. As befits a city where traffic is a part of daily life, political gridlock became an actual traffic jam, drawing police and electoral observers to the scene.

The red-and-yellow flags of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) predominated; San Pedro, which as a university neighborhood is home to many young and left-leaning voters, is PAC country. However, a steady stream of cars adorned in the green and white of the National Liberation Party joined in the celebrations at the roundabout, a traditional gathering place for Costa Ricans in the area after major victories, whether in soccer or in politics.

Stay tuned to The Tico Times on this site, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram tomorrow as we cover Costa Rica’s long-awaited Election Day.

Andrés Madrigal / The Tico Times
Who says election season isn't fun anymore? PAC supporters in Costa Rica on the eve of the Feb. 4 election. Andrés Madrigal / The Tico Times
Supporters of the Christian Social Unity (PUSC) presidential candidate Rodolfo Piza take part in a campaign rally in San Jose, Costa Rica on February 3, 2018. Costa Ricans go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president. / AFP Photo / Ezequiel Becerra
Choose a lane, Costa Rica: Liberation supporters merge with PAC supporters in an electoral traffic jam. Katherine Stanley / The Tico Times
Back at the Rotonda, a PAC supporter clowned around. Andrés Madrigal / The Tico Times
As always, Costa Rican elections are a family affair. Andrés Madrigal / The Tico Times
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