May 20, 2012 Held

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Election for Dominican Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:4,567,052
Valid Votes:4,536,910
Invalid Votes:30,142

Vote Share by Candidate:

Danilo MEDINA Sánchez2,323,463


Rafael Hipólito MEJIA Domínguez2,130,189


Guillermo MORENO Garcia62,296


Eduardo ESTRELLA9,343


Julián SERULLE6,553


Max PUIG5,066

Election Results Modified: Nov 29, 2012

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 178 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Senate (Senado) 32 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms*. In the Chamber of Deputies (Camara de Diputados) 178 members are elected through an open-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.**

* The term of office will be six years from 2010-2016. After that, it will return to four years.

** Seats are apportioned to 30 multi-member districts (29 provinces and the federal district) in proportion to population. No district magnitude may be less than 2. The term of office will be six years from 2010-2016. After that, it will return to four years.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 10,088,598 (July 2012 est)
  • Registered Voters: 6,502,968 (May 2012 )

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 5,089,678 (2012)

·         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: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 38 (Chamber of Deputies); 3 (Senate) (following the 2010 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: 1,513,289 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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