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Voters over 36 years old could define elections in Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, May 15 (Prensa Latina) Voters over 36 years old, who represent 62.38 percent of the 8.1 million people eligible to vote in the Dominican Republic this Sunday, could define the presidential and congressional elections, it was learned today.

According to the electoral roll of the Central Electoral Board (JCE), those under 35 years old represent 37.62 percent; people between 36 and 75 years old represent 57.37 percent, and the group from 76 to 86 years old or more add up to 5.2 percent.

Women are also in the majority with 51 percent of the local roll; of the 863,785 voters from abroad, 77 percent are over 36 years old and in this case females also prevail with 54 percent.

In the case of Dominicans residing abroad who are registered in the electoral roll, they will only be able to choose the president of the Republic and the overseas deputies.

The analysis of the list of voters shows that 54.77 percent are concentrated in the five main districts of the country: Santo Domingo (22.65 percent), National District (10.91 percent), Santiago de los Caballeros (10.78 percent), San Cristóbal (6.06 percent) and La Vega (4.37 percent).

More than eight million Dominicans will cast their vote this Sunday to elect 264 positions, including the president and vice-president of the Republic, 32 senators, 190 deputies and 20 deputies to the Central American Parliament (Parlacen) and an equal number of their alternates.

Nine presidential candidates will run for the elections, of which only two are women.

Recent polls show President Luis Abinader as favorite, even in the first round, but the Alianza Rescate RD (formed by the Fuerza del Pueblo, Partido de la Liberación Dominicana and the Revolucionario Dominicano) is confident of returning to the polls on June 30 in a second round.