Tribunal relents and lets telethon take place during elections

The Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones has again asserted its authority over private events during election times. But it will allow the annual telethon to take place Dec. 3 and 4. The municipal elections are the same weekend.

The organization Club Activo 20-30 Internacional de San José puts on the telethon every year, and most of the proceeds go to the Hospital Nacional de Niños.

Scarleth Ruiz Vargas, president of the organization, filed a request after club members learned that the Municipalidad de Heredia would follow the tribunal’s orders and not permit the event to take place in the Palacio de Deportes there.
The negative public relations was ample. Many Costa Ricans perform or volunteer for the telethon.

Despite the public concern, the tribunal continues a ban it placed on mini-telethons at public parks in Coronado, Goicoechea, Santo Domingo de Heredia and Escazú, plus a stadium in Alajuela and the Plaza de la Cultura.

The tribunal argues that large gatherings of persons on the day elections are held might prevent voters from getting to polling places. Forbidden are professional sports and any concerts.

The tribunal also said that approval of the telethon is a one-time decision and that it would not be bound by the decision in the future. The problem arises every four years

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