WASHINGTON, USA -- The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Thursday received the verbal report of the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) on the elections in the Dominican Republic on May 20, which stated that the elections took place normally.
The secretary general of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, congratulated “the people and government of the Dominican Republic for the electoral process carried forward”, and also the former Uruguayan President Tabaré Vazquez, for the seriousness he displayed throughout the electoral mission.
The secretary of the Department of Political Affairs of the OAS, Kevin Casas-Zamora, read the report written by ex President Vazquez, which stressed the “normality” in which the election took place, while at the same time noting “isolated reports” about vote buying by various political parties.
Meanwhile, Casas-Zamora, who was present on the day of the election, stressed “the enormous professionalism and the sheer quality of the organization of the election”, in which the candidate of the Dominican Liberation Party, Danilo Medina, was elected president, with 51.21 percent of the votes cast.
“The electoral organization in the Dominican Republic has little or nothing to envy of any country in the world,” added Casas-Zamora.
The MOE was composed of 71 technicians and observers from 15 OAS member states and 6 Permanent Observers, who were deployed throughout the country’s territory.