Incidents across the country as candidates claim irregularities
Santo Domingo.- After relative calm in the heels of DominicanRepublic’s general elections, several violent incidents have been reported in citiesacross the country on Tuesday.
Homemade bombs have been hurled next to the Electoral Boardoffices in the northern city of Moca, where police officers and members of themilitary cordoned off the facility.
In the eastern city of Higuey meanwhile, numerous policeand troops were sent to the Electoral Board, where the ballots from Sunday’spolls are still being counted.
In the town of Villa Hermosa, in eastern La Romana province,security at the Electoral Board has been beefed up with a police after severalcandidates complained of voting “irregularities.”
In Santo Domingo Este, the Frente Amplio coalition candidateand popular singer Manuel Jiménez went with a group of supporters to theMunicipal Electoral offices there to demand a recount of the votes, claimingthat they don’t represent the reality, and resulted from a colossal fraud.”
The civic movement Citizen Participation on Tuesday releasedits final report as an elections observer on Sunday, where, among other points says30.7% of the voting stations had problems in scanning ballots and 30.9% in thetransmission of the votes, and 97.7% with the manual count. It said the figuresare based on reports from its 2,723 volunteer observers.