From: “SDOAmericans@State.gov” <SDOAmericans@State.gov>
Sent: Friday, May 18, 2012 7:42 AM
Subject: Security Message: Election Day Security
This message is to inform U.S. citizens traveling or residing in the Dominican Republic that Sunday, May 20 is the Presidential Election in the Dominican Republic. U.S. citizens are urged to take prudent precautionary measures and should avoid large gatherings or political demonstrations/rallies, remain near their residences, and monitor the news for updates and information.
Political campaigning will continue through Friday, May 18. The PRD party will have their final celebratory caravans throughout the 32 provinces. The PLD party will finalize their campaign on Thursday, May 17 commencing at 1600 (4:00pm) in the capital on the street corner of Pedro Livio Cedeno and Duarte Avenue touring through the Colonial Zone, and ending on the Malecon, at George Washington Ave, on Plaza Juan Baron.
The selling or consumption of alcohol is prohibited on Election Day.
The Military Electoral Police are responsible for security and access control at all voting polls. The Dominican National Police (DNP) will continue to provide regular police patrols to maintain safety and order throughout the country. The DNP will also have additional patrols and specialized units near locations suspected of possible disturbances for immediate response. Personnel of the DNP and Armed Forces who are not involved in protection and security service will be quarantined in their barracks, offices or work locations until after Election Day.
Dominican citizens are given the opportunity to cast their votes between the hours of 0600 and 1800 (6:00am – 6:00pm). The Junta Central Electoral (Central Electoral Board) intends to publish the results of the election by 2100 hours (9:00pm) on Election Day. It is possible that on Monday, May 21st schools could be closed, transportation unavailable, traffic disrupted and/or roads closed.
U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP) at the following website:https://travelregistration.state.gov. U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at their destination. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.
Updated information on travel and security may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. For further information, please consult the Worldwide Caution and other consular information, including Country Specific Information, for specific countries. These products and the latest international travel information for U.S. citizens are available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov.
For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy. The Consular Section Embassy is located at the corner of Cesar Nicolas Penson Street and Máximo Gómez Avenue, Santo Domingo, D.R.; telephone 809-221-2171; e-mail email@example.com. For more information, visit our web pagehttp://santodomingo.usembassy.gov.