SANTO DOMINGO – Dominican President Danilo Medina is set to win the election held over the weekend, taking 61.99 percent of the vote after 55.50 percent of the ballots have been counted, according to figures released Monday.
Runner-up to Medina with 35.18 percent is Luis Abinader, candidate of the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM).
The rest of the votes are shared among six other hopefuls.
Should the trend hold fast, Medina, leader of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), would be the first Dominican president to win more than 60 percent of the vote.
Since the Electoral College closed at 7 p.m. Sunday, the JCE elections board has been offering, over a screen installed at the Vote Verification Center, an electronic re-count of the ballots.
The figures largely coincide with the surveys taken throughout the campaign.
The PLD has held power for 12 years.
In the National District of the capital, the PRM’s David Collado won the mayor’s race to replace Roberto Salcedo of the PLD, who has occupied that position for 14 years.
The last JCE bulletin confirmed that the PLD retains control of both houses of Congress.
In municipal governments, the PLD and its allies also hold power in numerous city halls.
During Sunday’s election, the PRM and other opposition parties denounced irregularities in the counting of votes, as well as the way the JCE offered the results.
The nation debuted Sunday the electronic vote count, figures that the JCE released in real time – a procedure slammed by the opposition, which says the political parties and the electoral authority had agreed not to reveal the electronic results until the manual counts had been released, a protocol established by the Electoral Law.
Four people were killed and a dozen others wounded Sunday in election-related violence.