Two veteran politicians are contesting a poll in the Dominican Republic after a presidential campaign dominated by concerns over rising food and fuel costs. Opinion polls puts the candidate of the governing party, Danilo Medina, just ahead of the challenger, Hipolito Mejia.
Crime and drug-related violence are also major issues in the campaign.
Six-and-a-half million voters are registered to cast ballots.
More than 300,000 of them live abroad, many of them in New York, where supporters have organized parades in support of their candidates.
Analysts say the vote is so close that it may be decided by the ballots cast by Dominicans in the United States. A run-off will be held next month if no candidate manages to get at least 50% of the poll. Candidate Danilo Medina and his wife Candy Montilla The opposition has accused Danilo Medina of spending too much It’s the economy
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