Last minute elections violence a “stain for democracy”

DominicanToday.com - The Electoral Board’s (JCE) Administrative Chamber president Roberto Rosario reported 12 incidents with several people injured and more than 10 arrests in different parts of the country, which he said is a |stain for democracy.|

Although the official didn’t confirm the number of deaths, the ruling PLD and the opposition PRD parties denounced that two had been killed, one member of each organization, whereas local media report a total of five fatalities.

In a press conference held at 5:20 p.m. Sunday, minutes before the polls closed, Rosario called the incidents “isolated,” although acknowledged the JCE’s concern with the violence. "They are a stain for democracy. They cannot be interpreted as having marked the tone of the process."

Dominican Republic’s ruling party, PLD, had won 30 of the country’s 32 senate seats in the congressional and municipal elections marked by isolated violence, whereas the opposition  PRD was leading in one province and the PRSC in one, an unprecedented sweep in the nation’s democratic history, according to the Electoral Board’s (JCE) sixth bulletin issued early Monday.

Five people were reportedly killed and 13 injured in violence attributed to the elections in different parts of the country.

The JCE data show southwest Pedernales the only province where the PRD is leading, and in a tie in Dajabon (northwest ), whereas the PRSC is expected to win in eastern La Altagracia, as polls prior to the elections had predicted.

In local results the PLD is projected to win 88 of the 146 mayoral posts, with 60 for the PRD, 4 for the PRSC, one for the minority PPC and one for the UDC.

JCE president Julio Cesar Castaños congratulated the citizenship for its conduct during the process, during a session to issue the first tallies of the polls. “The work carried out by the polling centers in the current elections places Dominican Republic at the height of the civilized nations.”

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