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Costa Rica goes to the polls to choose municipal leaders

Costa Ricans began voting Sunday to elect the authorities that will govern their 82 municipalities over the next four years.

He’s back: Johnny Araya will be San José mayor again, while his former party leads in other mayoral races

Preliminary results by Costa Rica's Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) on Sunday night showed turnout in municipal elections has increased from 28 percent in 2010 to 35 percent this time around.

Why are Costa Ricans voting? Because they can

Municipal elections in Costa Rica have struggled with low turnout in the past but those who did vote said they did so out of a sense of patriotic obligation.

Costa Ricans head to the polls in municipal elections

Costa Ricans began voting Sunday morning to choose local mayors, council members and other municipal officials in 81 cantons in the country's seven provinces.

Former San José mayor Johnny Araya confident he will win his job back in Sunday’s election

The former mayor of San José, Johnny Araya Monge, who headed the municipality for 22 years, believes progress has stalled since he left office in 2013 to pursue a losing bid for the presidency the following year.

Few cantons will enforce Costa Rica’s dry law during the municipal elections

Of a total of 81 cantons in Costa Rica, only six will enforce a ban on alcohol sales during upcoming municipal elections on Sunday, according to the National Union of Local Governments. That's just over 7 percent.

Most Costa Ricans don’t vote in municipal elections. Will this year be different?

More than 70 percent of Costa Rica's eligible voters head to the polls in general elections but just as many stay away for municipal elections.

Sexual harassment allegation remains over Santa Ana mayor as Costa Rica’s municipal elections near

A five-year-old sexual harassment allegation is still hovering over Santa Ana Mayor Gerardo Oviedo, who will run for re-election in February's municipal voting.

Municipal Police target street vending in downtown San José

Officers have sized 32,000 pirated CDs and DVDs in December.

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