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Santo Domingo.- The Chamber of Deputies approved the vote by Dominicans abroad to elect the President, the Vice president and several deputies, turning the bill into law since it had already passed in the Senate.

Last week the Electoral Board (JCE) judges went the to Congress to request the bill’s urgent approval, noting the pressure to organize the entire process leading to the election slated for May next year.

The Law stipulates that the Dominicans will be able to vote in the 2012 presidential elections and for seven overseas deputies, with two representatives in the Caribbean basin and Latin America; three in the United States and Canada, and two in Europe.

It also stipulates that the JCE will register the Dominicans residing abroad so they can exert the right to vote.

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Written by: WalterPolo, 11 Feb 2011 7:51 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
That should do something for the US and Spanish economy; all that spending during the campaign!

And in dollars and euros!

Are they going to have the caravanas and the discolay?
Written by: BernardJeanPierre, 11 Feb 2011 8:25 AM
From: United States, Earth
That will be interesting to see how that works. That is pretty significant.
Written by: Atabey, 11 Feb 2011 8:26 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
I guess this improve LF's chances should he let his ego dictate a fifth term attempt in 2012. This change is only 20 years late in coming. The Dominican diaspora has only supported the equivalent of a national Social Security and Welfare System and Private Educational System for the State and Nation of the Dominican Republic these last 40 years! Those billions of dollars and Euros should have forced this change 20 years ago!
Written by: CarmenReyes, 11 Feb 2011 8:36 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Santiago
This is a problem for those of us who live here. It is evident from the comments expressed here in DT forums that many do not know 1st hand what it is like now in DR. Last week Venganza was sharing a lot of empty rhetoric then admitted he does not live here and had not been back since Mejia was President. He had not a clue how crime has risen. He did not know how taxes have risen. He seemed unaware of the corruption in the Police Dept. He simply was not well informed. Yet, he thinks Fernandez is the best President ever. Sad. Sad very sad.
Written by: CarmenReyes, 11 Feb 2011 8:42 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Santiago
Venganze likes the construction projects. He thinks they are nice but has not seen them. He would vote for LF. He has not seen los viciosos roaming the streets in Santiago. He has not experienced the unbridled delinquency everywhere. So bad, that it is a daily occurence just to go out. He does not know about the extended black outs, or periods without water del griefo. Knows nothing about the arbitrary arrests taking place and the demands for money by the Police. In general he had no idea about the decline in the quality of life. More unemployment, Less opportunity. Worse public schools. Yet he loves LF. Not to mention that LF pardoned Sra Lebron, the snake behind the biggest bank scandal in DR. Nor the Figueroa Agosto/Sobeida scandal that has touched all major systems in DR. But LF is to him our greatest. Very sad.
Written by: Atabey, 11 Feb 2011 8:59 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
"This is a problem for those of us who live here. It is evident from the comments expressed here in DT forums that many do not know 1st hand what it is like now in DR."

Why is this a problem Carmen? If anything this may force the leadership in DR to enact changes that both benefit the entire Dominican nation and not just the ones in DR. The billions provided in help to their families and friends back home should carry some political clout. And I think this process will yield good returns as they may help push forward changes in the DR that facilitate modernity and attack the anti-modernity forces you point out. Dominicans with experience aboard could be instrumental in helping attack the myriad concerns facing the State and Nation of Quisqueya. We don't want "black-outs" to continue, nor poor education, unsanitary conditions to prevail in our country of birth. This could be a very positive development.
Written by: martin, 11 Feb 2011 9:03 AM
From: United States, boston to S.P.M 23
Llego papa
Written by: WalterPolo, 11 Feb 2011 9:32 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
Does anybody really think 7 deputies can make a difference?

Simple math.
Written by: glomarexplorer, 11 Feb 2011 9:32 AM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes
Not so sure I favor this motion.

Subtle colonization?

Open door for future election cheating?

Living abroad, in industrialized and 1st-world nations, our needs and wants are different from those in DR and, consequently, we might push for changes beyond those commensurate with political and economic realities.

I know some of us don't realize it, but DR is a 3rd-world country, with nearly primitive political and judicial systems and sub-standard education; consequently, their immediate needs are justifiably different from those of residents of the US or Europe.

Nevertheless, maybe something good could come of this, and I just haven't seen it.

MJEV
Written by: Atabey, 11 Feb 2011 9:43 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
"Written by: WalterPolo, 11 Feb 2011 9:32 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
Does anybody really think 7 deputies can make a difference?

Simple math."

7 deputies with a potential budget of 3 billion dollars! All that needs to be done is organize the Dominicans aboard and the clout can have a significant amount of political as well as economic power behind it. The key will be to use this clout to secure a showcase institution, say Education or some other portfolio and make it work. Then the entire population will see that this arrangement carries the seed of bettering the lot of the population, not just the pockets of some small group. Will it be a Challenge? You bet, given DR's political climate, but the experiment does have some merit.
Written by: Atabey, 11 Feb 2011 10:00 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
"Living abroad, in industrialized and 1st-world nations, our needs and wants are different from those in DR and, consequently, we might push for changes beyond those commensurate with political and economic realities.

I know some of us don't realize it, but DR is a 3rd-world country, with nearly primitive political and judicial systems and sub-standard education; consequently, their immediate needs are justifiably different from those of residents of the US or Europe." -glomarexplorer

But the changes most reasonable Dominicans aboard would like to see accomplished in DR are those outlined by Carmen above: better schools, better sanitation, potable water for the entire nation, an effective end to the electrical "black-out" regime, more integration by DR within the modern scope of development. In sum, helping to deepen and expand the process of modernity in the republic. Those "needs are [NOT] justifiably different from those of residents of the US or Europe."
Written by: danny00, 11 Feb 2011 11:08 AM
From: United States, Acropolis 123 santo DOMINGO
the most respected-powerful- loved person in the last 100 years in this world WAS PRESIDENT RONALD REGAN. {SOME MAY DISAGREE} the son of a shoe saleman {who was a drunk}
a man not born into wealth, was a life guard when he was 17 years old , made his fame as a movie star, later rose to be the GOVERNER OF THE STATE OF CALIFORINA.
then onto be THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES {TOOK HIM 3 TRYS TO GET THEIR}
i WONDER NOW MANY RONALD REGANS THEIR ARE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, IF GIVEN THE CHANCE FOR A EDUCATION A CHANCE FOR A REAL LIFE THAT IS TAKEN FROM THEM BY THE GOVERNMENT I WONDER MUCH ABOUT THIS
IF ONE IS TO FLY WITH THE EAGLES, HE NEEDS TO GET RID OF THE TURKEYS.

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Written by: danny00, 11 Feb 2011 11:18 AM
From: United States, Acropolis 123 santo DOMINGO
THIS CARMEN SAID IT ALL.
my daughter lives in santiago, she goes to school hopes to be a doctor in the next few years.
i vist her at least 1-2 times a month, i have a business in florida and do not have that much time to spend in the dr.
she has been robbed 2times in the past year. once by knife the other she had a gun placed in her head, both times by young guys on a bike. 3 times in the past year she was stopped by the police and asked her for money, so now its 5 times she has be robbed 2 by the guys on the scotters 3 times by the police. in the building she lives in and i pay $400us for this apt so its a great building with many PROFESSIIONAL PEOPLE LIVING THERE.
all of them are scared to venture out at night for FEAR OF THE POLICE.
AS I HAVE SAID MANY TIMES THE POLICE BRING THEIR OWN CRIME WAVE TO THE PEOPLE OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.as the does the GOVERNMENT
Written by: danny00, 11 Feb 2011 11:38 AM
From: United States, Acropolis 123 santo DOMINGO
NEXT TIME U VOTE REMEMBER THIS BELOW PLEASE.

MAYBE THESE SO-CALLED EXPERTS CAN HELP FIGURE THIS MESS OUT BELOW???

4. School breakfast cancelled again
The Ministry of Education has announced the indefinite cancellation of the school breakfast program. Education Minister Melanio Paredes said the decision came after a recommendation by President Leonel Fernandez himself, on the grounds that if the program could not be guaranteed, it was better off being suspended
THE KIDS NEED SOME KIND OF HELP, THEIR PRESIDENT LEO IS OFF TO EGYPT TO HELP SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OVER THERE., HE TRYING TO PREVENT WORLD WAR #3
BUT HE CANT GET BREAKFAST FOR A FEW HUNGRY STUDENTS IN HIS OWN BACK YARD.
Written by: danny00, 11 Feb 2011 1:52 PM
From: United States, Acropolis 123 santo DOMINGO
From: United States
!wow! egypts ruler for 33 years is out as of today he left office.
after 33years of ditatorship. in egypt the people have won. my hats off to them god-bless them and their country and their future

SEE WHAT THE PEOPLE CAN DO? STAND UP IF U WANT TO SOAR LIKE A EAGLE, THEN GET RID OF THE TURKEYS.
WITH A DECENT EDUCATION THE YOUNG ARE ROBBED OF IN THE DR THEY WITH THIS CHANCE CAN ALSO SOAR HIGH AS THE EAGLE.
Written by: CarmenReyes, 11 Feb 2011 8:53 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Santiago
danny Thank you. So many contributors have no idea how the quality of life has been compromised because of Fernandez. The problems increase and he is off trying to solve other countries problems. Crime is out of control. So many other problems. Since his first presidency things have just continued to deteriorate. L F has been the worst president ever.
Written by: time2rize, 12 Feb 2011 7:19 PM
From: Dominican Republic
danny00,

I might be wrong since i was only a kid back in the Reagan years.... but wasn't Bush Sr the Real person running the show, while Reagan was just a front Puppet actor?
Written by: delgadoMASS, 12 Feb 2011 8:32 PM
From: United States, new england
i don't aprove of this globalization crap. there are some dominican liberals living in the usa, who don't have a clue on all the bs that going on in DR. this its just another way for the elite to try to unified haiti and DR, with their liberal agenda!!
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