- Title: Dominican voters return to polls for municipal elections following cancellation
- Date: 16th March 2020
- Summary: SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (MARCH 15, 2020) (REUTERS) OAS CHIEF OBSERVER, EDUARDO FREY LOOKING ON (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) OAS CHIEF OBSERVER, EDUARDO FREY, SAYING: ''The important thing is that there has been an avid desire by the government parties, the electoral board of the court, by all the candidates to the mission of the OAS - which has been ongoing to 35 days and is also auditing the process that took place in the month February. We hope to deliver the results before the presidential elections.'' VOTES BEING PLACED INTO BALLOT BOX FREY AT VOTING STATION VARIOUS OF WOMAN WITH CLEANING UTENSILS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE VOTING SIGN THAT READS: (Spanish) ''ELECTORAL COLLEGE'' (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENT OF THE CENTRAL ELECTORAL BOARD, JULIO CESAR CASTANO, SAYING: ''The central electoral board fulfilled its mission and for the rest the event has been restored. Dominican democracy has been saved here. There is no interregnum here and we could say that the Dominican people today elected their municipal authorities.'' VARIOUS OF PEOPLE QUEUING, WAITING TO VOTE PAPERWORK WITH VOTERS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CASTING VOTE
- Keywords: Dominican voters failure voting equipment municipal elections polls second time
- Reuters ID: LVA003C5AX7WN
- Location: SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
- City: SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
- Country: Dominican Republic
- Duration: 00:02:32
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Story Text: Dominican voters returned to the polls on Sunday (March 15) for the second time in less than a month for municipal elections, after a failure in voting equipment forced their suspension in February, generating a wave of protests.
Protests in the country started after the electoral institute on Feb. 16 suspended a nationwide election four hours after voting began. The authority said about half of the machines used in the most populated municipalities to cast votes electronically had failed.
Dominicans will vote for a new president on May 17.
The elections come as the Dominican Republic said it would suspend all flights from Europe on Monday morning and the arrival of all cruise ships for a month in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the government said late on Saturday.
(Production: Jesus Frias, Geraldine Downer)
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