President Laura Chinchilla does not leave office until May 8, but the Archivo Nacional already is taking steps to preserve the documents from her administration.
Archives workers are visiting ministry offices and even the Presidencia to discuss plans for submitting documents at least by the last week in April. There is a law that requires this.
This is a sure sign that elections and a change in government are coming. Ms. Chinchilla cannot run for a consecutive presidential term, and considering her low poll numbers, she probably never will be an elected public official.
Meanwhile, other members of the government are trying to remain on the public payroll by casting their lots with their favorite candidate. Frontrunner Johnny Araya Monge of the Partido Liberación
Nacional has said that he does not want any members of the Chinchilla administration in his government, but politics includes the art of changing the mind seamlessly.
Among the documents that are being sought by the archives are the minutes of the Consejo de Gobierno, the president’s cabinet that meets usually once a week, correspondence and documents on important issues.
The archives announced the effort Monday and said that it had the responsibility to obtain those documents that will be considered historic in 20 years or more.
Without the law, most ministries would simply consign the paperwork to the trash as has happened in the past, said the archives announcement.
The process has been going on since last year, and archive workers already have visited key offices and conducted training session.
The documents being collected also appear to include those in electronic format.