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Nicoya Mayor Elections UNED Debate
Candidates expounded proposals and put aside attacks

By Oliver Pérez

The plans to solve the problems of garbage, the cemetery and roadway improvements for the canton were the most interesting themes in the debate where all of the candidates promised honest and transparent management.

from left to right – Marvin Vargas (ML), Xinia Campos (PUSC), Jose Cabalceta (PASE), Aura Salas (PAC) y Marcos Jimenez (PLN)
The five candidates for mayor of Nicoya: Aura Salas (PAC), Marco Jiménez (PLN), José Manuel Cabalceta (PASE), Xinia Campos (PUSC) y Marvin Vargas (ML), participated in the debate organized by the Universidad Estatal a Distancia (State Distance University) on the evening of Friday, November 12 in the park of the colonial city of Nicoya.  Except for some isolated insinuations, they concentrated on expounding their visions of how to solve the problems that weigh most heavily on the canton.
Some had better luck than others with certain themes, but the five tried to respond to the questions written out by the public on slips that were passed out before the debate began. 

With regards to the fight against delinquency, the PASE candidate, José Manuel Cabalceta, indicated that he would like to create a municipal police force by means of which peace could be returned to the city park; he also proposed promoting an employment bureau and opening training with values to develop productive people.  

Aura Salas, of the Partido Acción Ciudadana (Citizen Action Party), suggested that the municipality needs a major surgery since it has been managed in total disorder, and she reproached the purchase made by the municipality of land for the garbage dump, next to the current site. There, according to her, they lost $335,000 in a property where there are five catchment areas, due to which it won’t work. Salas also intends to revive the defunct District Councils that have been silent for a long time.
One of those absent from the debate was the candidate of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (Christian Social Unity Party), Ovidio Jiménez. In his place came the vice-mayor candidate, Xinia Campos, who justified his absence, saying that they work as a team and that they agreed that it would be her that would make the appearance; the slightly more than 100 people who attended griped about Jiménez’ lack of presence and didn’t accept the justification.

In the first stage of the debate, the five candidates had 10 minutes, which were controlled by the moderator Álvaro Hernández, functionary of the Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED), in which they should give a summary of their proposals, and in the second part, the candidates had to answer the public’s questions. 

Xinia Campos, Jose Manuel Cabalceta, Aura Salas y Marvin Vargas at least succeeded in answering a few questions, and he that had the least luck was Marcos Jiménez, since they blasted him with slightly uncomfortable questions. The time of three minutes wasn’t enough to field the questions, and to make it uncomfortable for him, the public showed lack of respect, not letting him answer; with cries and whistles, they didn’t permit him to speak.

The meeting, where only Aura Salas, Xinia Campos y Marcos Jiménez dressed in their party colors, lasted an hour and a half. 

Questions included: How can the bad image that the PLN has from acts of corruption be changed? How will they make economic resources reach the communities? Why does the PUSC feel so sure that “it doesn’t have a tail to step on” (an expression that means nothing holds it back or it has nothing to hide from). These were some of the questions that were thrown at them, but not all responded to them.
As such, this was the first debate where all five candidates for mayor met; the next meeting will be Friday, the 19th at the Universidad Nacional (National University) at 9 a.m.

Elections for mayor, syndics and district councils are December 5th. Voters on this day will have the right to cast their vote secretly and can vote for the party or can break up their vote; that is to say, they can vote for the mayor of one party and select syndics and district council members from other parties.  

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