What about your saucepans
Ten years in the life of a British woman
living in the Dominican Republic

What does 'Cedula' mean?

Find out what Cedula means. Cedula is explained by Lindsay de Feliz - author of What about your saucepans

Cedula

This is the Dominican national identity card. You are issued with one when you are 18 and in order to have one you need a birth certificate. You need your cedula for many things. To get a job, open a bank account, go to further education, have a phone contract, electricity contract, any legal activity. Hence for those people who do not have a birth certificate life becomes very difficult. The cedula has your photo and fingerprint and is renewable periodically. In order to vote you need your cedula, in fact it has where you should vote on the back. Hence at election times there is a major trade in buying cedulas.

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"... when Danilo was working in Santo Domingo. “Why doesn’t Saya work?” I asked Danilo, “He has no Cedula,” he replied. The Cedula is the Dominican identity card issued at eighteen. “Why doesn’t he have a cedula?” I persisted. “Because when he was small his father sold ..."
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"... I asked Danilo, “He has no cedula,” he replied. The cedula is the Dominican identity card issued at eighteen. “Why doesn’t he have a Cedula?” I persisted. “Because when he was small his father sold his birth certificate to an illegal Haitian. No birth certificate, no cedula. ..."
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"... at eighteen. “Why doesn’t he have a cedula?” I persisted. “Because when he was small his father sold his birth certificate to an illegal Haitian. No birth certificate, no Cedula. No Cedula, you no can work.” There were about twenty dwendies altogether. They would come and go ..."
"...Cedularning during breakfast Danilo said, “Lindsay you no need clean, have Angelita clean. Is only 5,000 pesos every month.” He was right, it was about £100 a month and would make my life much easier. Angelita was a seriously large lady in her mid twenties who lived opposite us in ..."

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Chapter 7: A new dream
"...Cedulampaign was at crazy levels with support continuing to grow. We were told Custodio was paying Danilo supporters to vote for him. As far as we could tell they were taking the money but staying loyal to us. The media were assuming Danilo had won, asking how an unknown nobody ..."
"...Cedulat the rest of the morning quietly but was so nervous I was unable to have lunch. The phone rang again. Danilo told me he was winning in all three tables. The tables (mesas) were the equivalent of voting stations, but were situated in one place, at the school in ..."

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Chapter 8: The fight goes on
"...Cedula pasa?”, “What’s happened?”, The group moved aside so he could see the paper. There was a major article on Figueroa Agosto, a Puerto Rican drug dealer who was in hiding in the Dominican Republic. There were always articles about him in the paper, and rumours he was associated with ..."

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"...Cedula went to vote at four o’clock. He looked at the ballot paper and his photo was not there. At least not the one we had used throughout the whole campaign, which had been submitted to the Junta Electoral on time. Not the one we had a receipt for. They ..."
"...Ceduladay itself, members of our own political party were outside the voting stations, including Marcelino and others who worked for Custodio. They had only feigned support for us, and were alledgedly given money by Custodio and Hazim to buy the Cedulas from our supporters, to stop them voting. They did ..."
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"... elsewhere. You are registered where you had your first Cedula or identity card, unless you made a specific effort to change it. In addition there were several thousand undocumented Haitians, and this had increased since the earthquake – they were not eligible to vote. Each voting ..."

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