The proselytizing campaigns in public spaces concluded last Sunday and this constituted the center of the messages of most of the aspirants to the first magistracy of this country, with the objective of obtaining the necessary amount of votes to win in the first round or to sneak into the ballot of next April.
Up to now, analysts, experts and the results of several polls consider for sure a second electoral round between the two candidates who obtain the highest number of valid votes on February 6, but without predicting who would be those two candidates, since the opinion polls do not allow to define the possible finalists.
The most recent survey of the Center for Research and Policy Studies of the University of Costa Rica (CIEP-UCR, in Spanish)), one of the most followed and reliable, predicts a runoff to know the new president of this country.
Ten days before general elections, the results of this consultation reveal that none of the 25 candidates to the presidency of Costa Rica for the general elections has even 15 percent of the vote intention, when to win in the first round it is indispensable to obtain at least 40 percent of the valid votes.
According to CIEP-UCR researchers, the support for the presidential candidacies, even for the most advantaged ones, is far from that 40 percent, which is why they consider the April 3 runoff inevitable.
Nearly 3,5 million Ticos are called to choose the president, two vice presidents and the 57 deputies to the Legislative Assembly, who will hold office for the 2022-2026 period.