The legislature is moving ahead with creating a 12th canton in the province of Puntarenas.
The canton would be the southern tip of the Nicoya peninsula and be called La Península.
Now that area is part of the central canton that has its main administrative offices in Puntarenas Centro on the opposite side of the Gulf of Nicoya.
Members of a special committee set up to study the issue voted 4-3 Tuesday to accept a substitute text that would create the canton. The new canton would include the districts of Lepanto, Paquera and Cóbano as well as a number of islands in the gulf.
The proposed text requests the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones to set up voting within six months of the creation of the new canton for regional offices, including the mayor. In the meantime, members of the local councils will hold the offices temporarily, according to the text.