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JCE monitors address changes on identity cards

Central Electoral Board (JCE) president Roberto Rosario has expressed concern at the high number of what he described as “unusual changes of address” by people on the electoral roll. He said that measures were being taken because the situation could have repercussions on the next election. Citizens who request the change are given a new identity and voting card (cedula) with the new address.

He said that 487,658 citizens have obtained new cedulas and 22,592 have already requested a new one as they claim to have changed their address. Most of these people are from small municipalities and municipal districts, and according to Rosario, this has affected the number of potential voters in those areas.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Monday 21 September 2015, Rosario said that in Pedernales for example, of the 1,365 people who gave a new address when they sought their new identity cards, 1,034 have already changed their address again out of a voting population of 13,843. Most of the people requesting changes to addresses in Pedernales were from Santo Domingo East and most gave their new address as Calle Principal (Main Street) in Pedernales. Rosario joked that this must be the most densely populated street in the town.

He reported on other areas with an unusually high number of requested changes of address, like Las Matas de Farfan, where of an electoral roll of 35,057 voters, 2,528 changed their address when they obtained the new cedula and of those 589 have changed again to go back there to vote in the May 2016 elections. Again, over 50% of them were from Santo Domingo East and 129 came from Luperon, Puerto Plata.

Similar situations have occurred in Villa Hermosa in the southeastern province of La Romana, Esperanza in the northwestern province of Valverde (Mao) province and Oviedo in the southwestern province Pedernales.

He said that from now on, whoever wants a change of address must do so in the office where they are supposed to be living and not from the other side of the country. Rosario said that people should vote where they actually live.

During elections, candidates will often ask their friends and relatives to change the addresses on their cedulas to obtain more votes.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Sep 22, 2015

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