SANTO DOMINGO – President Danilo Medina leads early results of the elections held on Sunday in the Dominican Republic, according to provisional data released by the Central Electoral Board.
After the closure of schools that served as voting stations, and just 7.27 percent of the vote counted, Medina, of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), achieved 60.95 percent, while his immediate follower, Luis Abinader, from the opposition Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM), gained 35.77 percent.
These results confirm pre-election surveys that assumed Medina the winner with more than 60 percent of the votes.
If the trend continues, the current president would evade the second round held in June and occupy the presidency for another four years.
The PLD also obtained at least 9 senators, according to these preliminary results which indicate that the Social Christian Reformist Party (PRSC) and the PRM each attained one senator.
The elections drew more than six million Dominicans who have rights to designate, in addition to the president and vice president, legislators, municipal authorities and representatives of the country to the Central American Parliament.
The former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, one of the international observers of the elections, praised the election process by describing it as a sign of “exemplary” democracy.
However, despite the compliments, the day was marred by delays in the opening of polling stations and the resignation of 3,000 electoral technicians which aggravated delays.