Presidential elections will be held Nov. 9 and fears abound that violence will escalate between now and the vote. The latest killing of a regional party leader on Oct. 22 marked the 21st murder of a political activist or regional leader since the election date was set last May. The political opposition and the Organization of American States have condemned the violence as political intimidation by the ruling party. Tensions will remain high up to the election and most likely in the following weeks.