Dominican Republic: Voters hit polls in presidential election postponed over virus

Voters in Santo Domingo went to the polls to vote for the presidential and legislative elections in the country on Sunday, after the original date in May had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Residents who were able to vote were seen queuing outside polling stations to cast their ballots. Presidential candidate for Country Alliance (ALPAIS) Party, Guillermo Moreno, talked to the press, denouncing some irregular practices taking place during the voting day, as well as calling people to follow safety guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. «It is certainly a regrettable, illegal practice, and that we have repeatedly denounced, that the Central Electoral Board must exercise its authority to prevent, impede, that effectively around schools, not only propaganda is being done and votes being bought but also avoid any kind of crowds,» he said. «As we have said, we have invited citizens to vote massively, but at the same time we have told them that we are in the midst of a pandemic and we must all take responsibility for voting while respecting health regulations such as the use of masks and the necessary physical distance,» he added. According to reports, over seven million Dominicans have been called to the polls on Sunday. According to polls, Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) candidate Luis Abinader is likely to win the presidential race, possibly defeating the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) candidate, Gonzalo Castillo. The PLD has been in power for 16 years.

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