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The leading Panamanian candidate: No one

Monday, July 8, 2013

More than three of ten Panamanians have yet to decide for whom they will vote in presidential elections, scheduled for May 2014, or whether they will even bother going to the polls, according to an Ipsos survey last month.

If the 5% of people are included, who did not respond to the survey, a total of 31% of the electorate has no favorite candidate.

Of the total, half comprises undecided voters, while rest is divided among Panamanians who plan not to vote, or who will spoil their ballot, as a sign of protest.

Distrust of the traditional political class is the main reason why more and more voters are disaffected.

Among decided voters, 29% support Juan Carlos Navarro, candidate of the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Democrático, or PRD), while 21% favor Jose Domingo Arias of Democratic Change (Cambio Democrático, or CD), which is currently in power.