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Elections 2010 Guanacaste Results – Two of the elected
legislators are being questioned
By Oliver Pérez

PLN legislator Maria Ocampo

ML Legislator Ernesto Chavarría

During the past elections, the Guanacastecos elected four legislators who will work for Guanacaste’s development. The Liberacion Nacional party obtained three of the four seats for Congress, with the Nicoya-born physician, Luis Antonio Aiza, a businesswoman from Liberia, Maria Ocampo, and Luis Fernando Mendoza, an expert in political sciences from the town of Cañas. The other seat belongs to the Movimiento Libertario party, which elected Ernesto Chavarría, a stockbreeder from Nicoya.

But within Liberación the elected legislator, María Ocampo, is being questioned because her family apparently took hold of Playa Cabuyal, in Liberia, in an illegal way. The family claims to have a real property deed.

Cabuyal’s privatization resulted from a mistake made by Liberia’s Concejo Municipal (the Town Council), who endorsed the blueprints of the Finca Santo Tomás, which is owned by the Román Ocampo company, belonging to the legislator’s family. Everything started back in 2005, when Luís Román Trigo – a businessman and husband of the elected legislator –, requested the town council’s endorsement, on several occasions, for the blueprints of Finca Santo Tomás, which is located in the Nacascolo district of Liberia. This Finca includes almost five kilometers of the maritime-terrestrial zone in Playa Cabuyal.

Nonetheless, there were many doubts about these proceedings and the Municipalidad said that they did not have good legal counsel, as was confirmed at the time by the town councillors in a letter to the Defensoría de los Habitantes.

On the other hand, Ernesto Chavarría, the legislator elected for the Movimiento Libertario party, had charges brought against him and was convicted for having taken over a finca known as the Hacienda Chorotega, which is owned by other people in Guanacaste. This property is located in Monte Galán, Nicoya.

After undergoing a trial, on July 4th, 2003 Guanacaste’s Juzgado Civil y de Trabajo de Mayor Cuantía, agreed with the property’s owners and ordered that the elected legislator and his son relinquish the property.

A year later the ruling was confirmed by the Tribunal Agrario of San Jose’s Segundo Circuito Judicial and, at this moment, the process is still in the enforcement of judgment stage: also, the Hacienda’s owners are charging Chavarria with nearly 18 million colones to cover the damages caused to the property, as well as the legal and processing fees.

The Municipalidad
Out of the five regidores (councillors) of Nicoya’s Municipalidad that will take office starting May 1st, the Liberación Nacional party has three of them almost secured. Nevertheless, while the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (Supreme Electoral Tribunal) is still counting the province’s votes, it cannot be known for sure who will be the elected councillors. According to the vote count done during election day, Liberación would be represented by the Physical Education teacher, Rodolfo Orozco, by another teacher, Ana Espinoza and by current councillor, Jose Antonio Méndez. On the other hand, the Movimiento Libertario party could also get one spot, which would be occupied by Juan Luis Aguirre, while the last place would be taken by Carlos Medina of the Acción Ciudadana party (PAC).

More Regional News

New Immigration Law Seeks to Legalize Foreigners

The new Immigration and Foreign Services Law (Migración y Extranjería), number 8764, will come into effect on March 1st., and with it a series of changes that the foreign community residing in Costa Rica must comply with.

This law was passed as a result of the Government’s need to control migration flow in a more efficient way. It clarifies different issues such as residence requirements and how to integrate the foreign community into the country in the best possible way, as long as they observe the new regulations. More >

OIJ Suspects Arson in Ostional Home Fire

On January 26th 2010 the Agency of Judicial Investigation (OIJ) in Santa Cruz detained three men of surnames Ruiz, Zúñiga and Gómez for being suspected of having burnt two cars and the house of the former Ostional Association of Development president, Gilbert Rojas, in the beginning of December 2009.

Hours later, the three detainees were set free, but with preventive measures such as not leaving the town and signing in at the Santa Cruz Court every 15 days while the investigation is concluded. More >

Ostional Now Has New ADIO Leaders

“Regain trust and reunite the town”; this is the main objective of Ostional’s Association of Integral Development (ADIO), as expressed by newly appointed President Magdalena Lara Vega. More >

Elections 2010 – The Community Opinion

What do you expect from the next Government?
That they stop benefiting large corporations, giving them all types of subsidies. They make duty-free zones and the businesses pay nothing. What they do is come here and give mediocre jobs to Costa Ricans and the government celebrates as if what they are doing is a great aid. The reality is that little by little we are losing our natural resources and autonomy. More >

Airport Crime – Nosara Businessman Sentenced
to 18 Years for Homicide

On February 25th The Judicial Court of Nicoya sentenced 54-year-old Nosara businessman Jorge Arturo Sirias Sequeira to 18 years in jail for the homicide of 22-year-old Maikol Rojas Murillo.

The events occurred the night of April 19th, 2009 in a street adjoining the Nosara landing strip.
More >

Water Board Election Postponed Due to Legal Technicality

The election of officers to the Water Board (ASADA) of the American Project, planned for Feb. 11, was postponed after lawyers discovered legal errors in the constitutional documents that established the ASADA in 2004.

The error can be corrected and the documents for that period can be rerecorded, but until that is done only the memberships of the 12 founding board members from 2004 are currently valid, according to the attorney for the ASADA, Andres Gonzales Anglada. Therefore, all those holding water meters will have to reregister with the ASADA in order to vote, he said, because their current registrations are invalid. More >


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