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  • The Central Election Board staff preparing the distribution of electoral kits, The Domenican Republic, March 11, 2020.

    The Central Election Board staff preparing the distribution of electoral kits, The Domenican Republic, March 11, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @juntacentral

Published 11 March 2020
Opinion

On Feb. 16, the municipal elections were canceled due to a generalized failure in automated voting equipment.

The Dominican Republic's Central Election Board (JCE) authorities affirmed this Caribbean nation is ready for holding new municipal elections on March 15.

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On Feb. 16, the municipal elections were canceled due to a generalized failure in automated voting equipment, which was used for the first time in this Caribbean country.

Among other things, the current JCE preparations include the elimination of last election ballots and the impression of the new ones, as well as the verification of the scanners and electoral packages.

Up to now, the JCE has denied reports accusing it of changing ballots, falsifying information or tampering with the ballot boxes.

The coordinator of the "Citizen Participation" NGO, Sonia Diaz, assured that the number of electoral observers has increased from 2,000 to 3,000.

"JCE reports that it has delivered 5,936 bags with electoral material to Municipal Boards. Political parties and observers permanently accompany the process."

Her NGO has convoked the National Association of Young Entrepreneurs’ members and other citizens to monitor the political process before, during and after the elections.

The activist added that the JCE has the tool "'watch your vote' so that any citizen who sees an anomaly in any polling place can report it.

“We call on the population to get oriented; go vote and defend your vote. With that tool, any citizen who sees an anomaly in any polling place should report it,” Diaz said and called for ​​​​​​​calm in this second edition of the election.​​​​​​​

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