According to recent surveys, the 20 May presidential vote is expected to be a tight race. A joint survey conducted by consulting firm Gallup and local newspaper Hoy in late March assigns 48.7% of popular support to Danilo Medina of the governing Dominican Liberation Party (PLD, Partido de la Liberacion Dominicana), while giving 45.2% of votes to former president Hipolito Mejia, of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD, Partido Revolucionario Dominicano). More recent polls, however, give an edge to Mejia, who, according to a poll conducted by consulting firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and local newspaper Diario Libre at the beginning of April, will win 49% of the vote, against 46% for Medina. Based on these figures, a run-off vote is in sight, as according to Dominican electoral law, candidates can be elected directly in the first round only if they win more than 50% of the votes. According to the Greenberg Quinlan Rosner survey, Mejia would result the final winner in a potential second-round vote, obtaining 51% of total votes. Candidates face tough challenges ahead, in particular renegotiating a new agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and restructuring the energy sector, which is currently draining resources from the state coffers.
Dominican Republic Other
Presidential race too close to call
April 12, 2012
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