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Ballot boxes torched as post-election turmoil festers

Santo Domingo.- The Central Electoral Board (JCE) on Friday confirmed reports that an undetermined number of ballot boxes  was burned in an area of its offices in Santo Domingo Norte.

The incident forms part of the post-election disputes between the candidates of the Dominican Republic’s ruling party (PLD) and the opposition PRD party in that jurisdiction.

Several ballot boxes and valises have been burned since dawn Friday. The incident doesn’t change the vote total, because the affidavits from the polling stations had already been delivered to the JCE.

The PLD has obtained 68,622 votes, or 52.2% in Santo Domingo Norte while the PRD has 32,553 votes, for 24.75%, with 8 polling stations yet to be counted.

In Santo Domingo Norte incumbent mayor Francisco Fernandez competes with PRD candidate Rene Polanco for the post.

In protest, Fernandez on Friday announced he would go on a hunger strike.

Source: DT

May 21, 2016

Category: DR News |

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