Santo Domingo.- Central Electoral Board (JCE) president Roberto Rosario said yesterday that the board has decided not to intervene in the confrontation between the rival factions supporting former president of the Republic Hipólito Mejía and former presidential candidate, party president Miguel Vargas Maldonado in their fight to control the PRD, the country’s main opposition party.
He did however express his regret at the situation that erupted on Sunday outside party headquarters, with at least eight party activists and leading members injured during the clash.
He said that the JCE members had reached their decision at a meeting with leading PRD members Geanilda Vásquez and Orlando Jorge Mera, at the JCE president’s office last Thursday.
“The Board’s official decision is therefore to keep to the sidelines of this situation”, said Rosario, adding that “only if the JCE considers it appropriate, based on an administrative decision, it could intervene in this process”.
He said that the internal conflict in the PRD did not come under any of the tasks assigned to the JCE under article 6 of Law 275-97, which establishes the Board’s role.