Well, here's hoping so.
The general sense in the international media, to cite one example, looks very promising; that Ricardo Martinelli of the Democratic Change (CD) party has a solid lead over Balbina Herrera of the incumbent Revolutionary Democratic (PRD) party, his closest rival, going into today's Presidential and Legislative election.
If victory favors the CD, then Panama will likely accelerate its swing to the Conservative side, which matters a lot when one remembers how many friends have been bought by Venezuela's H. Chavez in his pursuit of regional hegemony. A strong, independent Panama is a great neighbor for Colombia, and a very fine guardian of the Panama Canal.
For those interested, *here* is Angus Reid Global Monitor's election tracker for this contest.