Law enforcement prepares for a lot of work due to runoff Sunday

Election day and the period before and after are filled with efforts to protect voters and the vote.

With the runoff scheduled for Sunday, the appropriate actions are being taken for the second time this year.

That means that the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones has to distribute another round of ballots. The Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea will be flying the voting materials to remote areas, such as Punta Burica in extreme southwest Costa Rica and to the high Talamancas. An aircraft also will collect ballots from the Isla del Coco far west in the Pacific.

The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas will be bringing election workers and materials to the islands in the gulf of Nicoya where 1,935 residents are eligible to vote. The coast guard also is delivering the ballots before Sunday to Isla del Coco where 28 persons can vote. That’s a two-day trip by patrol boat.

The Policía de Tránsito has special obligations around voting locations, mostly schools, that are on high-traffic roadways. Late Saturday or early Sunday Fuerza Pública officers will be providing security at the voting locations where political parties set up their tents and booths.

Unlike elsewhere, Costa Rican political parties are encouraged to provide election information just outside voting locations. Only two parties, Acción Ciudadana and Liberación Nacional, will be present Sunday because only candidates from these parties are still in the running for president.

Traffic police also said they would be cracking down on the unique tradition of private individuals running transportation service to the polls for a fee. Doing so for free is encouraged, but to accept payment is a traffic violation, police said.

Police also will be blocking off traffic in the vicinity of the Tribunal Supreme de Elecciones between Avenida Primera and Avenida 3 in San José so workers there and those delivering ballots can get through.

Since October, police forces have been under the jurisdiction of the election tribunal.

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