1886 Costa Rican general election

The 1886 Costa Rican general election was held on 4 April 1886. After the death of Próspero Fernández Oreamuno in March 1885, Bernardo Soto Alfaro took over the presidency temporarily for the remainder of the term. Soto was a thirty-year-old young man who had to command the country in the war against Guatemala that sought to re-establish the Federal Republic of Central America. Soto was a freemason and liberal, belonging to "The Olympus", a group of liberal intellectuals who would have a great influence on Costa Rican politics and many would hold the Presidency of the Republic.[2]

1886 Costa Rican general election
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Nominee Bernardo Soto Alfaro
Party The Olympus
Percentage 100%

President before election

Bernardo Soto Alfaro
The Olympus

Elected President

Bernardo Soto Alfaro
The Olympus

Soto managed to prevent through various tricks the candidacy of Víctor Guardia Gutiérrez, brother of the late dictator Tomás Guardia Gutiérrez, becoming sole and unanimous candidate in a two-degree type of election in which all male citizens allowed by law choose second-degree electors who selected the President.[2]

ResultsEdit

Second grade electors

Province Soto
  San José Province 168
  Alajuela 140
  Cartago Province 90
  Heredia 75
  Guanacaste 42
  Puntarenas 21
  Limón 6
Total 542
Source: [3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones de Costa Rica (2008). "Historia de las elecciones presidenciales 1824-2006" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2018-12-20. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b Molina, Iván. "Elecciones y democracia en Costa Rica, 1885-1913" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-05-02. Retrieved 2018-12-20. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Salazar, O. (2003) El apogeo de la República Liberal en Costa Rica, 1870-1914, p 177 ISBN 9977-67-131-1