When you head to the polls, how much do you know about a candidate before you vote for him or her?
Do you know whether the candidate completed college? Who his or her key contacts are? Whether the candidate owns real estate, a business or shares in public companies? Whether the candidate has been in any legal trouble? Who financed the campaign?
The answers to these questions, which are critical to informing voters, are too often hidden from the public.
That’s true here in Panama, where transparency for politicians and candidates is considered optional.