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July 5, 2020 Confirmed

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Election for Senado (Dominican Senate)

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This election was originally scheduled for May 15, 2020. 

Dominican Republic: Parliament, 5 July 2020

At stake in this election:

  • 32 seats in the Senado (Senate)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Danilo MEDINA Sanchez (since 16 August 2012)
  • Head of Government: President Danilo MEDINA Sanchez (since 16 August 2012)
  • Assembly: Dominican Republic has a bicameral Congreso Nacional (National Congress) consisting of the Senado (Senate) with 32 seats and the Camara de Diputados (Chamber of Deputies) with 190 seats. Members of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies serve 4-year terms.

Description of electoral system:

  • Members of the Senate are directly elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote to serve 4-year terms.

Last Election:

  • Elections for the Senate were last held on 15 May 2016. The Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) won 26 out of 32 seats, with the remaining seats going to the Modern Revolutionary Party (2 seats), the Social Christian Reformist Party (1 seat), the Dominican Revolutionary Party (1 seat), the Social Democratic Institutional Bloc (1 seat), and the Liberal Reformist Party (1 seat).

Main parties in this election:

  • Dominican Liberation Party (PLD)/Partido de la Liberacion Dominicana
    • Leader: Danilo MEDINA Sánchez
    • Seats won in the last election: 31
  • People’s Force (FP)/Fuerza Del Pueblo
    • Leader: Leonel Antonio FERNÁNDEZ Reyna
    • Seats won in the last election: N/A [1]
  • Social Christian Reformist Party (PRSC)/Partido Reformista Social Cristiano
    • Leader: Federico Augusto ANTÚN Batlle (also called Quique Antún)
    • Seats won in the last election: 1
  • Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD)/Partido Revolucionario Dominicano
    • Leader: Miguel Octavio VARGAS Maldonado
    • Seats won in last election: 1
  • Country Alliance (ALPAÍS)/ Alianza País
    • Leader: Guillermo Antonio MORENO García
    • Seats won in last election: 0

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 10,499,707 (July 2020 est.)[2]
  • Registered Voters: 7,529,932 (2018) [3]

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 5,190,724 (2020 est.) [4]
  • Is Dominican Republic a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)
  • Has Dominican Republic ratified CEDAW: Yes (2 September 1982) [5]
  • Gender Quota: Yes [6]
  • Female candidates in this election: No
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 54 [7]
  • Human Development Index Position: 89 (2019) [8]
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very Low (2019)[9]

Disability Data:

  • Is Dominican Republic a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
  • Has Dominican Republic ratified CRPD: Yes (18 August 2009) [10]
  • Population with a disability: 1,571,813 (est.) [11]