The Costa Rican election is now entering its concluding stages, with Carlos Alvarado ultimately emerging victorious after the second round of voting, becoming Costa Rican President. Whilst he, and his main rival Fabricio Alvarado, may claim the focus, as both seemed to relish the opportunity to become leader, the plaudits may ultimately be earned by the Costa Rican population. They seem to have found a resolution to a potentially complex predicament; with the incumbent President solely serving one term due to the law, they had to find a credible candidate to lead the nation proficiently. With Carlos possessing experience as a former labour minister, he may be well equipped, and thus the population may have made their voices heard.
Since candidates need 40% of the vote to become elected, February’s first round solely served to narrow the candidates to the final two contenders, with these best performers entering the second round. Whilst this may have impacted their campaigns, as they may have been required to improve, it seemed to ultimately provide both with further opportunities to amass votes, and thus succeed. Both seemed to adhere to this ideology, advancing their electoral campaigns, with this second round of voting acting as the catalyst for Carlos’ ultimate victory. In February, Fabricio attained the most votes, and thus Carlos may have been placed in a challenging predicament to supersede his rival. Yet, he seemed to relish this, expanding upon his progressive programme and running under the slogan, ‘I choose the future’, in his quest to resonate with people from all backgrounds. As such, he may have proven his credentials as a politician, with his ability to adapt and adhere holding him in better stead for potential global negotiations.
The election itself seemed to centre around same-sex marriage, with the debate perhaps driving both candidates’ campaigns. Whilst naturally the pair had opposing views on the situation due to the values of their respective parties, both may be referred to as accomplished leaders as a result. They seemed to be vocal about their beliefs, aiming to use them in their quest to attain votes, with both traits key in highlighting their leadership credentials. In addition, debating the situation may suggest it remains one of the most prominent focal points for the pair, ultimately ensuring it may be received by a wide breadth of people.
Both candidates, therefore, seemed to use their backgrounds to their advantage, with this debate around equal marriage perhaps the most notable example of this. With it shaping their political ideologies, they may have utilised it as experience, with it acting as potential support for their desired innovation. They seem to have also drawn upon the support groups and networks they have amassed; Carlos, a former novelist, seemed to use his success in this area to gain support, with Fabricio finding unity through his Christian faith. With appealing to a large array of people pivotal in ensuring victory, both may be showcasing intelligent decision-making.
With the polls suggesting both candidates remained evenly matched, and with the February first round providing similar outcomes, it seems both have showcased their credentials proficiently. Yet, the challenge for Carlos may now be to gain the support of his rivals’ support networks, as similarly to Brexit, an even divide of voters may produce an array of different ideologies to adhere to. He may take inspiration from other nations who have recently undergone political change, either via a fresh leader or a political system overhaul, with the benefits noteworthy. Leaders such as Trump and Macron may have enabled the voices of the masses to be heard, whilst innovation surrounding women’s voting and EU membership potentially resulted in more equality. If Alvarado may represent Costa Rica to a similar standard, he may both productively impact the masses and cement his own legacy.
How might the successes of candidates from various backgrounds motivate all to become involved in the political world?