Preliminary results
Close CAFTA Vote Shows Failure of NAFTA Model

Despite massive fear-mongering, "No" vote gets nearly half

The results look to be sticking at about 52-48, with the yes winning. It looks like about 55% turnout, meaning about a quarter of registered voters chose "yes" and "no." This despite the massive fear mongering campaign by the Bush admin just hours before the vote, when there was supposed to be a media black-out on CAFTA. We'll be doing more commentary tomorrow. For now, the "no" campaign is still waiting for the final counts from the electoral authorities.

Vote Counts (of around 12:30 AM)

Region

No

Yes

Total

San Jose

283,391

303,900

587,291

Alajuela

143,957

137,543

281,500

Cartago

80,156

103,181

183,337

Heredia

78,945

87,002

165,947

Guanacaste

39,357

35,584

74,941

Puntarenas

53,298

52,626

105,924

Limon

34,475

43,248

77,723

Total

713,579

763,084

1,476,663

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DK44

A little sour grapes. The "massive fearmongering" is pretty minor. If I remember right the administration said they wouldn't renegotiate CAFTA and might not renew some CBI privileges. In other words Costa Rica would have the same trade relationship with the U.S. as every other country in the world that doesn't have an FTA. Is that something Costa Ricans really fear?

Contrast this with fear mongering from Public Citizen:

"Provisions of the services chapter could reduce affordable access to vital human services including health care, water supply, education and energy; and preempt the authority of public officials to protect health standards for professional licensing, environmental and occupational health, alcohol and tobacco protections, privacy rules, and patients’ rights. Other CAFTA chapters directly related to health cover intellectual property, which could reduce access to affordable medicines; standards for the safety of plants and food; and rules on how governments procure goods and services, and allocate subsidies."

That would scare me, though I know better. A lot of Costa Ricans don't. It's hypocritical to blame others for fear mongering when it's the weapon you use the most.

DK44

A little sour grapes. The "massive fearmongering" is pretty minor. If I remember right the administration said they wouldn't renegotiate CAFTA and might not renew some CBI privileges. In other words Costa Rica would have the same trade relationship with the U.S. as every other country in the world that doesn't have an FTA. Is that something Costa Ricans really fear?

Contrast this with fear mongering from Public Citizen:

"Provisions of the services chapter could reduce affordable access to vital human services including health care, water supply, education and energy; and preempt the authority of public officials to protect health standards for professional licensing, environmental and occupational health, alcohol and tobacco protections, privacy rules, and patients’ rights. Other CAFTA chapters directly related to health cover intellectual property, which could reduce access to affordable medicines; standards for the safety of plants and food; and rules on how governments procure goods and services, and allocate subsidies."

That would scare me, though I know better. A lot of Costa Ricans don't. It's hypocritical to blame others for fear mongering when it's the weapon you use the most.

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