May 16, 2000 Held

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Election for Dominican Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:3,236,906
Valid Votes:3,194,816
Invalid Votes:42,090

Vote Share by Candidate:

Hipólito MEJÍA1,593,231


Danilo MEDINA796,923


Joaquín BALAGUER785,926


Other Candidates18,736

Election Results Modified: May 10, 2024

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Dominican Republic

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Leonel FERNANDEZ Reyna
  • Head of Government: President Leonel FERNANDEZ Reyna
  • Assembly: Dominican Republic has a bicameral National Congress (Congreso Nacional) consisting of the Senate (Senado) with 32 seats and the Chamber of Deputies (Camara de Diputados) with 150 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Senate (Senado) 30 members are elected by simple majority vote within constituencies to serve 4-year terms. In the Chamber of Deputies (Camara de Diputados) 149 members are elected by party-list system with proportional distribution of seats to serve 4-year terms.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Hipólito MEJÍA
    • Party: Dominician Revolutionary Party (PRD)
  • Danilo MEDINA
    • Party: Domican Liberation Party (PLD)
  • Joaquín BALAGUER
    • Party: Social Christian Reformist Party (PRSC)
  • Other Candidates
    • Party: N/A

Last Presidential election:

  • Presidential elections were last held on May 16 & June 30, 1996. President FERNANDEZ Reyna received 51.25% of the vote, thereby defeating Jose Francisco PENA Gomez, his closest competitor with 48.75% of the vote.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 8,562,623 (2000)
  • Registered Voters: 4,251,218 (1998)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 4,272,748 (2000)

·         Is Dominican Republic a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Dominican Republic ratified CEDAW: Yes (2 September 1982)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 24 (Chamber of Deputies); 2 (Senate) (following the 1998 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 101 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very Low (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Dominican Republic a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Dominican Republic ratified CRPD: Yes (18 August 2009)

·         Population with a disability: 1,284,393 (est.)

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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