TLC / CAFTA final vote count

The Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones officially declared Monday that the referendum question on the free trade treaty with the United States has been approved.  The tribunal said that final figures show that the yes side got 805,658 votes and the no side got 756,814. That is 48,844 votes out of 1,572,684. The numbers do not add up because there were slightly more than 10,000 blank votes and voided ballots. This is about the same result announced informally the night of the election.  The tribunal also declared the referendum valid because 59.2 percent of those registered voted. The law says that 40 percent must vote to have a valid referendum.  The treaty passed in San José, Cartago, Heredia and Limón. More people voted no in Alajuela, Guanacaste and Puntarenas, said the tribunal.”  (Source: AMCostaRica, October 23, 2007)


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