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2020 ELECTIONS – OAS observers take the pulse of this Sunday’s electoral contest

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The Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) met yesterday with political leaders, including President Danilo Medina, and former President Leonel Fernández, presidential candidate of the People’s Force, with whom he assessed the country’s electoral situation to two days of municipal elections.

The members of the mission, led by former Chilean president Eduardo Frei, attended the National Palace where they held a meeting with President Medina; Then they met with the presidential candidate of the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), Gonzalo Castillo, as well as with the president of that organization, Temístocles Montás, and General Secretary Reinaldo Pared Pérez.

An hour later, the foreign delegation met with former president Fernández, and later with the presidential candidate of the opposition Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM), Luis Abinader, as well as with the judges of the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE), with whom he dealt with the theme of the prosecution of electoral crimes.

The previous day, the OAS mission had met with the members of the Plenary of the Central Electoral Board (JCE), in a meeting where, in addition to former President Frei, the members Gerardo de Icaza, director of the Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation participated of the OAS; Araceli Azuara, representative of the OAS General Secretariat in the country; Cristóbal Fernández, Deputy Chief of Mission; Brenda Santanamaría, head of the Electoral Observation Section; Francisco Pérez, advisor to the head of Mission, and Mireya López, press officer.

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The OAS mission also visited Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas, and then held a meeting with opposition leaders, who gave him alleged evidence of the use of state resources in the process of the campaign for municipal elections next Sunday, where they will be in 3,849 positions in the 158 municipalities of the country and the automated voting system will be used for the first time in 1,772 of the 16,032 polling stations.

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