Dominican Republic presidential election, 2008
presidential election was held in the Dominican Republic on 16 May 2008.
A poll from late October 2007 gave the incumbent
Leonel Fernández of the centre-right Dominican Liberation Party 42%, construction tycoon Miguel Vargas Maldonado of the centre-left Dominican Revolutionary Party 30% and Amable Aristy Castro of the populist Social Christian Reformist Party 17%. [1 ]
A poll from mid-November 2007 saw Fernández at 40.1%, Vargas Maldonado at 30.5%, Aristy Castro at 17.2%,
Eduardo Estrella of the Fourth Way at 1.5% and Pedro Candelier of the Popular Alliance Party at 1.1%. [2 ]
The latest polls gave the incumbent Fernández 54% of the votes, Vargas 36% and Aristy 9% as of late April 2008.
On 17 May, preliminary results from the Central Electoral Commission, based on 91% of precincts, showed that Fernández was reelected with 54% of the vote, while Vargas had 40% and Aristy 5%. Fernández declared victory, while Vargas conceded defeat; the
Organization of American States congratulated Fernández. [4 ]
The result ended in a victory for the
Dominican Liberation Party and its candidate, Dr. Leonel Fernández.
Summary of the 16 May 2008 Dominican Republic presidential election results
Candidates – Parties
Leonel Fernández – Dominican Liberation Party and allies ( Partido de la Liberación Dominicana y aliados) 2,199,734
Miguel Vargas – Dominican Revolutionary Party and allies ( Partido Revolucionario Dominicano y aliados) 1,654,066
Amable Aristy Castro – Social Christian Reformist Party ( Partido Reformista Social Cristiano) 187,645
Eduardo Estrella – Revolutionary Social Democratic Party and allies ( Partido Revolucionario Social Demócrata y aliados) 19,309
Guillermo Moreno – Movement for Independence, Unity and Change ( Movimiento Independencia, Unidad y Cambio) 18,136
Pedro de Jesús Candelier – Popular Alliance Party ( Partido Alianza Popular) 6,118
Trajano Santana – Independent Revolutionary Party ( Partido Revolucionario Independiente) 1,533
Total (turnout 70.67 %)
Junta Central Electoral
References [ edit ]
^ "Fernández Could Win Again in Dominican Republic", Angus Reid Global Monitor, November 20, 2007.
^ "Fernández Stays Ahead of Challengers in DR", Angus Reid Global Monitor, December 9, 2007.
^ "Fernández is Frontrunner in Dominican Ballot", Angus Reid Global Monitor, May 14, 2008.
^ "Dominican Republic president declares re-election victory with 54 percent of vote", Associated Press ( International Herald Tribune), 17 May 2008.