SANTO DOMINGO Besides the president and vice president, Dominicans this Sunday will vote for senators, legislators, mayors and numerous municipal officials in elections for which polls indicate a big win for the ruling Dominican Liberation Party, or PLD.
This Sunday a total of 24,442 hopefuls are after the 4,106 elective positions that the winners will hold for the next four years.
Called to choose the next government are 6,765,136 eligible voters, including Dominicans living abroad who are authorized to cast their ballots for the next Dominican president and vice president, as well as for 3,842 municipal officials, 262 congressional positions and the 20 legislators and their substitutes for the Central American Parliament, or Parlacen.
These elections have been described as very complex, since for the first time in 20 years the country will hold presidential, legislative and municipal elections simultaneously after they had been constitutionally separated.
While 24,442 candidates will run for office in these elections, the campaign has two undeniable protagonists: the current President Danilo Medina, who is seeking a second and last term in office, and his rival for the top office, businessman Luis Abinader of the Modern Revolutionary Party, or PRM, which came into its own in 2014 following the internal crisis of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD).
The electoral campaign has been plagued by ceaseless criticism by the opposition, which demands greater transparency in the process, though the Central Electoral Board, or JCE, gives assurances that the elections are totally on the up and up.
We are obliged to guarantee that every vote counts and reaches its destination, and in that way avoid political instability and volatility, which causes uncertainty, a slowdown of the economy and a decline in productive investment, with all the negative consequences that means for the people, JCE president Roberto Rosario said.