On May 15, Dominicans will head to the polls to elect their next President and Vice President; 32 Senators and 190 members of the Chamber of Deputies; 20 Representatives to the Central American Parliament; 158 Mayors and Vice Mayors; and 1,164 local council members.
The 2016 general elections will be the first time since 1994 that Dominicans will vote for national and local authorities on the same day. The Central Electoral Board will also be introducing for the first time in Dominican elections the use of fingerprint verification machines at polling stations and an automated vote counting system.
To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in the Dominican Republic: 2016 General Elections. IFES FAQs include:
- What innovations are being introduced during the 2016 general elections?
- How will votes be counted?
- How are electoral authorities guaranteeing equal access for persons with disabilities?
- Can Dominicans who reside abroad vote in the elections?