The May 16 article, Dominican Republic president appears to have won 2nd term, on the Dominican elections was deeply flawed in that it made no mention of the corruption pervading Danilo Medina's campaign.
His party spent government money, hung his banners on government buildings, tore down campaign signs of opposition candidate Luis Abinader, and, perhaps worst of all, paid would-be voters RD $1,000 = $21.75 in U.S. money — to surrender their government identification, thus preventing them from voting.
The level of poverty is such that many people preferred the cash over their right to choose their government. This election was far from democratic.
Jessica Hirst, Cabarete, Puerto Plata,