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Thursday, March 12, 2020

"The automated vote was disastrous for the Dominican Republic"

Javier Ubiera, delegate of the Fuerza del Pueblo party, opponent of the current government, gave his versions of the events that occurred for the elections of last February 16. Those elections had to be suspended due to failures in the electronic system, in which more than US$ 18 million was invested. This Sunday, March 15, the elections will be completed, manually, while the controversy and investigations continue.

It is an election year in several countries in the region and 2020 for the Dominican Republic represents the period in which municipal mayors and a new president will be elected. The first had a specific date of February 16, for which the JCE (Central Electoral Board) assigned 16,405 electronic voting teams (called “automated” in that country) to the 18 demarcations planned for use (in other less popular areas, the expected vote was the manual); at the same time that members of the OAS (Organization of American States) and the IFES (International Foundation for Electoral Systems) had come to the country to check that everything went smoothly. For both the first and the primary votes, the amount invested reported by the JCE was US$ 18.6 million.

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