Santo Domingo.– The Dominican presidential candidates have learned the organizing power of social media, specifically Twitter and Facebook, which have become an alternative to the traditional way of doing politics and an essential tool to encourage participation of citizens.
Aware of this tendency that revolutionized last presidential election in the United States, the six candidates for the Dominican presidency have profiles and accounts. However, our candidates use their Twitter accounts as a means of spreading their proposals rather than to interact with fans.
PRD candidate Hipolito Mejia (@llegopapa) is the one with the most followers, 55,284, followed by his opponent PLD candidate Danilo Medina (@DaniloMedina), who has 33,465. Guillermo Moreno (@MorenoGuillermo) has 11,705 followers, Max Puig (@Max_Puig) 1,321, Eduardo Estrella (@Eduardo_DxC) 884 and Julian Serulle (@JulianSerulle) 436.
Technology is more advanced and more people frequent social networks now than ever before, making an active online community an asset to campaigns. If used wisely, social networks can move the votes of young people, who represent 27% of the 6,502,968 voters.