INTEC will analyze the July elections in the COVID-19 pandemic
A panel of experts will present on the maintenance of democratic institutions and the probable health scenario for the date of the elections
SANTO DOMINGO. - In the middle of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Central Electoral Board (JCE) has prepared the assembly of the presidential and congressional elections, to be held on July 5, in which nearly 300 positions will be elected.
Is the country ready to hold the elections? to answer this question the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) will hold the virtual meeting “Vote and pandemic in the Dominican Republic”, in which health protocols and elections will be analyzed from different perspectives.
The virtual meeting will be open to the public and will be broadcast live at 11:00 am by the INTEC YouTube channel (@INTECrd), which can be accessed through this link https://youtu.be/ZMteCRpo-wY and its educational radio station radio.intec.edu.do.
The event will count with the participation of Pedro Luis Castellanos, superintendent of Health and Labor Risks; Carlos Pimentel, executive director of Citizen Participation; Fernando Henríquez, coordinator of the Justice and Transparency Table of the Citizen Forum; and the journalist Juan Bolívar Díaz, coordinator of the Democratic Coalition. With the moderation of Rafael Toribio, political scientist and past rector of INTEC.
This will be the sixth webinar held by INTEC to analyze the possible effects that COVID-19 will have on the productive sectors and on society. Participants will present about probable health scenario for the date of the elections and the incidence of the pandemic on democratic institutions; pertinent measures for safe voting or with the least risk in the pandemic, recent experiences in other countries and considerations on the JCE protocol.
In addition, in this webinar, the panelists will point out the importance of holding the elections before August 16; institutional setting without swearing in of new authorities; and main challenges of the new government.