Next DR1 Daily News Update on Monday, 17 February
Countdown to election day
Who will be the next mayor of the capital city?
The 20 top municipal elections in the Dominican Republic
PRM mayoral candidate signs agreement with realtors to implement National District Land Use Plan (POT)
Fernández: Inquisition in the “Palace leadership”
What will be the impact of the municipal elections on the congressional and presidential election in May?
Will Ramfis Dominguez be allowed to run for President?
Eduardo Frei calls for “peace and tranquility” for Sunday elections
Dominican students in Wuhan will be flown on Friday to Ukraine
Thousands sick with the flu
Feria Ganadera set for mid-March



Next DR1 Daily News Update on Monday, 17 February
The next DR1 Daily News update will be published on Monday, 17 February 2020. The Monday issue will compile headline news for the previous Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Breaking news can be followed 24/7 in the DR1 Forums. See DR1 Forum at https://dr1.com


Countdown to election day
Dominicans will be voting for their next mayor on Sunday, 16 February 2020. The poll will be a pilot test on voting, preparing Dominicans to vote in the presidential and congressional elections in May 2020. Politicians are competing for 3,849 municipal government positions, including 158 mayors. Municipal wins require a simple majority.

The JCE says the voting equipment is being installed in the polling places on Friday and Saturday. Most voting stations are in schools and social clubs. The Military Electoral Police will have 64,000 agents on duty primarily stationed at the polling places.

Voting stations will be open for the municipal election from 7am to 5pm nationwide. Voters are not allowed to enter with mobile phones, firearms or any kind of weapon, backpacks, handbags or cameras.

There are two ways of voting: electronic voting and traditional manual voting. Overall, 4,644,590 voters will be using the automated voting machines and 2,842,450 are assigned to voting using printed ballots.

Thursday, 13 February is the last day for active campaigning.

https://elecciones2020.do/
https://www.elcaribe.com.do/2020/02/...s-y-denuncias/
https://eldia.com.do/la-veda-elector...la-medianoche/
https://hoy.com.do/razones-para-votar-el-domingo/
https://aprendeavotar.jce.gob.do/

See the list of candidates in the municipal elections:
https://www.diariolibre.com/actualid...ales-IPDL94820


Who will be the next mayor of the capital city?
Most of the attention for the Sunday, 16 February 2020 municipal election in the Dominican Republic is concentrated on the highly contested National District race. The contenders are Domingo Contreras, Dominican Liberation Party (PLD); Carolina Mejía, running for the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM); Michael Miguel of the Green Party (PV); Bartolomé Pujals for Alianza País; Johnny Ventura for the People’s Force (FP) and the Social Christian Reformist Party (PRSC).

The race is highly contested between Carolina Mejía and Domingo Contreras.

https://hoy.com.do/carolina-mejia-im...smo-y-cultura/
https://eldia.com.do/domingo-contrer...a-este-jueves/
https://acento.com.do/2020/politica/...ebate-de-anje/
https://n.com.do/2020/02/10/campana-...rza-seguridad/
https://z101digital.com/rd-entra-a-l...s-municipales/
https://z101digital.com/david-collad...re-de-campana/
https://n.com.do/2020/02/09/nuria-la...ngo-contreras/
https://n.com.do/2020/02/09/nuria-la...ohnny-ventura/
https://eldia.com.do/carolina-mejia-...era-alcaldesa/
https://eldia.com.do/johnny-ventura-...udad-amigable/
https://eldia.com.do/francisco-ferna...-campana-ayer/
https://johnnyventuratv.com/
https://acento.com.do/2020/opinion/8...institucional/
https://www.diariolibre.com/opinion/...tal-KI16962080
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNi7lbTBgp0


The 20 top municipal elections in the Dominican Republic
158 municipalities are electing their mayor and city councilors and other officers this Sunday, 16 February 2020. Of these, 20 concentrate 64.6% of the voting population. Around 7.4 million Dominicans are eligible to vote in the election.

Greater Santo Domingo is the largest voting district in the country. It is made up by the National District, Santo Domingo East, Santo Domingo North, Santo Domingo West and Los Alcarrizos, with a total of 2,363,071 persons on the voter roll.

See the breakdown of the top 20 municipalities.

1- National District: 858,890 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: David Collado (PRM)

2- Santo Domingo East: 715,174 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: Alfredo Martinez (PLD)

3- Santiago de los Caballeros: 591,545
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: Abel Martínez (running for re-election for the PLD)

4- Santo Domingo North: 350,601 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: René Polanco (PLD)

5- Santo Domingo West: 271,943 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: Francisco Peña (running for re-election for the PRD-PLD)

6-La Vega: 213,211 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: Kelvin Antonio Cruz Cáceres (PLD)

7-San Cristóbal: 186,112 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: Nelson Guillén (running for re-election for the PLD)

8-San Francisco de Macorís: 173,266 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: Antonio Díaz Paulino (PLD)

9-Los Alcarrizos: 166,463 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: Junior Santos (running for re-election for the PRD)

10- Higüey: 160,395 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: Karina Aristy (running for re-election for the Partido Liberal Reformista (PLR)

11-San Pedro de Macorís: 159,251 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: Ramón Antonio Echavarría Peguero (PRD-PLD)

12-Moca: 137,594 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: Ángel De Jesús López Rodríguez (running for re-election for the PRM)

13-La Romana: 133,148 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: José Ramón Reyes Reyes (PLD)

14-Puerto Plata: 125,722 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: Walter Rafael Musa Meyreles (running for re-election for the PRD-PLD)

15-Baní: 118,944 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: Nelson Landestoy (PRD)

16-Bonao: 115,270 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: José Darío Rodríguez Espinal (PRM)

17-San Juan de la Maguana: 104,349 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: Hanoi Sánchez (running for re-election for the PLD)

18-Bajos de Haina: 91,501 voters
Electronic voting
Incumbent mayor: Osvaldo Rodríguez (PRM)

19-Boca Chica: 89,895 voters
Manual voting
Incumbent mayor: Dismeris Carolina Denis Natera (PLD)

20-Azua: 75,118 voters
Manual voting
Incumbent mayor: Rafael Hidalgo (running for re-election for the PLD)

https://listindiario.com/la-republic...-16-de-febrero


PRM mayoral candidate signs agreement with realtors to implement National District Land Use Plan (POT)
Carolina Mejía, candidate for mayor for the National District on the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) ticket, and the Association of Home Builders and Promoters, ACOPROVI, signed a cooperation agreement on Wednesday, 12 February 2020. Mejía is promising to continue the work of incumbent Mayor David Collado, says she will implement the Land Use Plan (POT) drafted and approved by the city government under Collado.

The agreement also calls for promoting a city management where all sectors work together, according to a press release on the signing. Mejía urged the directors of ACOPROVI to join efforts in this sense and participate in the drafting of the regulations for urban planning and land use needed for the implementation of the Land Use Plan that has been approved by the current municipal management.

https://hoy.com.do/carolina-y-acopro...o-territorial/


Fernández: Inquisition in the “Palace leadership”
Former President Leonel Fernandez described as a kind of inquisition what the Medina administration leadership is exercising against those who do not share their points of view. Fernández is the presidential candidate for the People’s Force (FP), a last-minute political party that was formed when he split from the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) shortly after the PLD primary in October.

"There is intolerance and in the face of that intolerance, there is a kind of inquisition, they persecute anyone who does not share their ideas," said Fernandez.

"What I observe throughout the country is that the people expect the palace leadership to leave power. That's something we're feeling everywhere," Fernandez said. He forecast that the opposition coalition made up of the FP, the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM), the Social Christian Reformist Party (PRSC) and other allied parties, will be victorious in the Sunday municipal elections.

"I can predict that the PLD, due to the style repudiated by the people, will have fewer mayors than it has today and will have fewer city councilors than it has today," he concluded.

https://listindiario.com/la-republic...pula-palaciega


What will be the impact of the municipal elections on the congressional and presidential election in May?
The Central Electoral Board (JCE) extended the deadline for political alliances for the congressional and presidential alliances from 17 February, the day after the municipal election, to 19 February. This gives the political parties time to make adjustments after the Sunday, 16 February election. The municipal elections will have an impact. The question is, how much? Political analyst Rosario Espinal gives her opinion in an op-ed article in Hoy published on 12 February 2020.

Espinal says that those who expect to win big forecast the election will have a big impact on the May election outcome, while those that understand they will not win many elective municipal positions, say the election will not have a significant effect on May.

Espinal corrects both points of view. She highlights that the political party that wins the most municipal elective positions will show greater electoral strength. And that there is a high probability the same trend will continue in May. “But, be careful, a simple majority wins municipal positions,” she reminds her readers.

She highlights that different from the presidential election where 50%+1 of the vote is needed to win in a first-round, a mayor can be elected by 40% of the votes, “even if all the other candidates who lost add up to 60%.

Espinal explains that a fragmentation of the opposition will be needed for the party that wins with a relative majority in February to maintain its advantage in the May election. To win the presidential elections in the first round, even more voters will be needed, she explains.

Nevertheless, she says the February election will have an impact on the May outcome because the party that wins the most mayor positions will enter the May race with a stronger municipal political infrastructure than the losers. Since elected municipal officials this year will be sworn in in April, they will have the capacity to mobilize resources and people for the benefit of their party, she points out.

Espinal writes that historically a significantly smaller number of voters turn out for the municipal elections than for the presidential elections. “Who voted in February (those who are most active or motivated to vote) and another segment that abstained (perhaps as much as 20% of the voter roll) will vote in May,” she explains. If the additional voters stick to the same trend as in February, then February will be determinant of May. If not, the impact will be less. But she warns that those who abstained from voting in February may vote for the party that comes in second in February. “This is only a possibility, but it cannot be completely ruled out,” she comments.

https://hoy.com.do/elecciones-de-feb...terminan-mayo/


Will Ramfis Dominguez be allowed to run for President?
The Central Electoral Board (JCE) has on its agenda deciding whether Luis José Ramfis Rafael Domínguez-Trujillo, also known as Ramfis Domínguez Trujillo, will be accepted to run in the May 2020 presidential elections. As reported in El Dia, Dominguez Trujillo, who is a grandchild of former Dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, was officially registered last week by the National Party of Veterans and Civilians (PNVC).

Domínguez has against him that he is a United States citizen. He was born in New York on 22 May 1970. The Dominican Constitution establishes that a foreign-born person needs to have renounced the other citizenship 10 years before being eligible to run for President in the Dominican Republic.

As reported in El Dia, Dominguez argues that other presidential candidates have been dual citizens and have been allowed to run for office.

Regardless, given the delay in the JCE issuing its opinion, Dominguez has been campaigning actively for President. He has already appeared in several polls. In the January 2020 Gallup poll said he had 5.8% popularity.

As reported in El Dia, the JCE will decide on the matter on 24 February 2020, the same day that the agency has said it will decide on the alliances at the presidential level, after extending the deadline from 17 to 19 February.

https://eldia.com.do/la-jce-decidira...llo-el-dia-24/
https://eldia.com.do/ramfis-se-niega...-nacionalidad/


Eduardo Frei calls for “peace and tranquility” for Sunday elections
The head of the Organization of American States (OAS) observer mission, former President of Chile Eduardo Frei, said Wednesday, 12 February 20, that he hoped the municipal elections would be held in a climate of "peace and tranquility".

After holding a meeting of more than an hour with the Central Electoral Board (JCE) judges and its president, Julio Cesar Castaños Guzman, Frei remarked so far they have no doubts about or recommendations for the process. He said the mission would be listening to all sectors. He said they seek to verify that was has been established for the voting system, in theory, is being put to practice.

The former Chilean president stressed that the main objective of the OAS observer mission is to make the Dominican electorate trust the process.

"Not only to go out and vote but also to trust the results and the referees. That is why I understand that the teams have been audited and must continue to be audited," said Frei.

The OAS mission, composed of about 30 people, will present its preliminary report on the outcome of the 16 February municipal election at a press conference on Monday, 17 February, a day after the election.

In addition to the Chief of Mission, the following participated: Gerardo de Icaza, Director of the OAS Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation; Araceli Azuara, Representative of the OAS General Secretariat in the Dominican Republic; Cristóbal Fernández, Deputy Chief of Mission; Brenda Santamaría, Head of the Electoral Observation Section; Francisco Pérez, Advisor to the Chief of Mission; and Mireya López, Press Officer.

The OAS mission will be meeting with representatives of political parties and civil society. On Wednesday, 12 February, the mission met with representatives of the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) that denounced the open use of taxpayer money by the government to back its candidates in the 2020 general elections, as reported in the media.

https://listindiario.com/la-republic...y-tranquilidad
https://noticiassin.com/oposicion-de...el-oficialismo
https://noticiassin.com/oposicion-en...imen-electoral
https://n.com.do/2020/02/12/el-prm-p...-del-gobierno/


Dominican students in Wuhan will be flown on Friday to Ukraine
Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas Maldonado said on Wednesday, 12 February 2020, that the five Dominican students who are in Wuhan, China, the city where the coronavirus (COVID-19) reportedly got its start, will be flown on Friday, 14 February to Ukraine in Eastern Europe. The Superior Education Minister Alejandrina German had said there are 21 Dominican university students on scholarship in China, and of those, five are in Wuhan, a quarantined city.

Vargas Maldonado told the press that the foreign minister of Ukraine had committed to reserve five seats on a scheduled flight out of Wuhan for the Dominican students in Wuhan. The flight will leave on Friday. He said the students would be isolated in Ukraine for two weeks following international protocols, and once they meet the medical requirements, they would then fly to the Dominican Republic. The students in Ukraine would be under the responsibility of the Ukraine government, he said.

https://listindiario.com/la-republic...a-este-viernes
https://n.com.do/2020/02/12/estudian...-este-viernes/


Thousands sick with the flu
Public Health Minister Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas urges people take special care with hygiene practices to avoid catching the flu. The Ministry of Public Health has confirmed it has more than 125,571 reported cases of AH1N1, H3N2 and influenza B.

Sánchez Cárdenas said that the seasonal influenza should not be neglected. "Here in the Dominican Republic, you see people with flu everywhere, because we are in the flu season,” he explained.

Sánchez Cárdenas said that influenza is benign in the vast majority of cases but can be lethal in the elderly, children under five and those with weak immune systems.

https://www.diariolibre.com/actualid...ias-JF17039440


Feria Ganadera set for mid-March
The Ministry of Agriculture announced the annual Agropecuarian Fair will take place 13-22 March 2020. The popular event will again take place on the grounds of the Feria Ganadera on the Malecón in Santo Domingo. The Ministry of Agriculture and the Patronato Nacional de Ganaderos, the leading cattle-ranching national organization, are the organizers of the event.

https://hoy.com.do/agricultura-y-pat...l-13-22-marzo/