Costa Ricans on Sunday appeared to narrowly vote in favor of joining the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) with the U.S. Costa Rican voters backed CAFTA, by the slim margin of 51.58 percent in favor to 48.42 percent against. Opponents of the pact refused to recognize the results, which went against most pre-vote polls showing the measure heading for an easy defeat. A manual recount is scheduled to begin Tuesday.
Costa Rica was the only country to hold a referendum on the pact, which also includes El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and the United States.
Threats of strikes, violence, riots and more never materialized. No instances of poor behavior have been reported against either side. However, the NO side is crying foul because several U.S. politicians made Pro-CAFTA comments in the media on Saturday. Using the media to campaign is illegal in Costa Rica.