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UNIORE mission observes Special General Elections in Dominican Republic

Fecha: (10/9/2020 9:50:05 AM)

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. A mission of the Inter-American Union of Electoral Bodies (UNIORE) observed the historic special general elections held on July 5, 2020 in the Dominican Republic, the first of its kind in the region during the sanitation crisis.

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On July 4, the delegation met with the Central Electoral Board and were briefed by Board staff, where they were provided details of the elections, such as voting districts, overseas voting and how it was being carried out.

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The following day, the mission visited polling places taking three different routes. In addition to a mid-day meeting, the members attended, virtually and on-site, the opening and closing of the polls, the counting of the votes and the transmission of the results.

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Overseas voting was observed by Dominicans in different countries and was under the direction of the Presidency of the State Electoral Commission of Puerto Rico and officials in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Mexico.

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As usual, the delegates and virtual participants made their observations and recommendations in a report that was presented to the Dominican authorities.

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The mission was comprised of members who were able to travel to the Dominican Republic in spite of the sanitation crisis. They were joined virtually by the UNIORE Acting Presidency, composed of representatives of the Electoral Tribunal of the Judiciary of the Federation and the National Electoral Institute, both of Mexico. The UNIORE Executive Secretariat was in permanent virtual communication with the on-site delegates. 

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IIHR/CAPEL was represented by its Director, José Thompson, its Coordinator, Sofía Vincenzi, and the international consultants Andrea Tercero and Tasheena Obando.

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