High abstention expected in municipal elections; JCE motivates voters

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Rosario Espinal / Esta Noche Mariasela

During the Tuesday, 6 February 2024 discussion on the leading variety show Esta Noche con Mariasela, sociologist Rosario Espinal explained that the 2024 elections seek the “consolidation of the ruling party,” and thus, the election is generating less interest among the voters. The 2020 elections garnered much participation, as it was a vote against a political party that had controlled the different branches of government for around 20 years.

Municipal elections garner less support than presidential elections. In the 2020 municipal election, almost four years ago, electoral abstention was 51.86% of the total votes cast. The total was relatively high considering that in 2020 the country was smack into the Covid-19 pandemic and the municipal election had to be rescheduled after electronic voting system failure. Nevertheless...

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