The vote is today for the expansion of the Canal. Voting in Panama is a very serious thing both for referendums such as today’s and for governmental offices. All sides fiercely try to get their vote out. It is interesting that they shut down all alcohol sales midnight before the voting offices open. No alcohol will be sold all day.
My expectation is for the “Yes” vote to carry. I think expanding the Canal is something that should happen, but I am not sure that all costs are accurately forecast or all ecological effects are understood. My gut tells me that it will take longer to build than forecast and cost more than is forecast and there will be more ecological effect than forecast.
None the less this is an historic day in Panama. 6:00 PM will be an anxious time for many today.
UPDATE: The vote was a landslide. 79% yes to 20% no. I drove by a voting location in David, but there wasn’t many people there. I have since read that the turnout was low.