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

What does 'Junta Central' mean?

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

Junta Central

The word in total is the Junta Central Electoral which means the Central Electoral Court and the main office is based in the capital, Santo Domingo. It is usually shorted to JCE. The function of the JCE is to control everything to do with elections at all levels – Presidential, Senators and Deputies and Mayors. They control the whole process with the assistance of regional and local offices. In addition to elections, they are also in charge of issuing national identity cards (cedulas) and birth marriage and death registration and certification.

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Chapter 7: A new dream
"... much will it cost?” “People who want me to win. Lawyers, constructors, business people. And the Junta Electoral (Electoral Court) will give party money and they give to me when I official candidate. No worry, the money will come. We don’t need use your money.” He seemed very ..."

Chapter 8: The fight goes on
"...Danilo came home before Christmas, having been told by the party he was indeed the official candidate. At the same time it was announced there could be no official campaigning until 26 January, so we had a period of relative calm. Danilo told me the Junta Electoral, the Electoral Court, would give money to each official candidate for their campaign, and he was positive we would be able to raise money from local businessmen now he had beaten Custodio and was the PLD candidate for Sindico. ..."
"... saying. It was announced in the press the money from the Junta Electoral would be handed to the parties in March. This money was to be given to every candidate to help with their campaign expenses going forward to the main election. At least we knew now when it was coming. My Mum was ..."
"...electorate Danilo was the candidate and to put an end to the rumours and lies being whispered by Custodio, and to force the party to recognise his candidature. If they refused to recognise it, we had time to go to another party before the official registration date at the Junta. We also wanted the party to see how much popular support Danilo had. ..."
"...“Very bad,” he said, slashing his hand across his throat. As usual he had said nothing to me. He and his lawyer, Odalis, went to the Camara Contenciosa (dispute chamber) at the Junta Electoral on Tuesday morning and they issued a writ against the party, demanding they acknowledge Danilo as the candidate. The court hearing was scheduled for the next day, Danilo versus the party. The reason we had to go into hiding so quickly was because there was no way they ..."
"...We ended up leaving the hotel on the Friday. Every day Danilo and Odalis went to the Junta to wait for the ruling. They were told every day it would be ready the next, and the reasons kept changing. It was waiting to be typed. It was ready but the judges had not signed it. The weekend came and went. They went in again on the Monday, ..."
"...Tuesday night I was about to go to bed and Danilo was still waiting at the Junta. Just before I logged off the computer at eleven o’clock, I decided to check the Junta website one last time. It was there. Danilo’s result was there. It was a long document, and I decided to start reading it at the beginning. I was shaking from head to foot ..."
"...sent a paper to the local Electoral office in Guayacanes instructing them to register Danilo. At last, after a nail-biting week it was all over. Danilo was the candidate for the PLD. Custodio was not the candidate, and he had lost. Danilo was registered at the main Electoral body (Junta Electoral), and we had only six weeks to go until the 17 May election day, when he would be up against Johncito Hazim from the other main party, the PRD. ..."

Chapter 9: La primera dama
"...The following week was Easter when we were not allowed to campaign. Danilo canvassed people in their homes and I was desperately trying to raise money. The party money never appeared. The Junta were holding it and although everyone else had their share, none came Danilo’s way. I went back to family and friends to try and raise more. Danilo was also appealing for money locally and was reasonably successful, as people were now beginning to believe he would win, but ..."
"...Jesus Garcia, and he decided to withdraw, telling his supporters to vote for Danilo. What was equally important was the rejection rate at 41% for Johncito and less than one percent for Danilo. However, we were still waiting for the official list of candidates to be published by the Junta. Every day I would check the Internet, and every day there was nothing. I would not be happy until I saw Danilo’s name in print somewhere. ..."
"... Now friends.” At last, on 6 May, the candidate list came out from the Junta Electoral. It was on the Internet and published in the main national newspaper. And there it was in black and white – PLD candidate for Guayacanes, Danilo Feliz. What a relief it was. The following day we had ..."
"...We very rarely saw anything referring to Johncito. I was therefore surprised one day to read an article with Johncito quoted as saying he was scared Danilo and his team would cause violence. There had been no trouble whatsoever during the run up to the election, and as the Junta had issued the schedule of who could hold events on which days, there was no chance of the two sides coming together and clashing. ..."

"...“Well, you haven’t heard this from me, as I know Danilo wouldn’t want to worry you, but he has had a letter from the Junta Electoral, which says ‘sorry, they made a mistake and forgot to put his name on the ballot paper’. They have put Custodio’s name on it, but the letter says not to worry, Danilo is the candidate.” ..."
"... “They’ve done what?” I exclaimed in disbelief, clutching the unlit cigarette in my hand. “Danilo’s name was in the press, and on the Junta list online! How the hell can they forget to put it on the ballot paper? They should issue new ballot papers. Can’t we get them changed?” ..."
"...Danilo 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 had used a photo from his very first cedula, (ID) when he was eighteen-years old. There was no way you could know it was him and underneath the photo was the name of Raoul Custodio. ..."
"...Next our transformer blew up – we had no electricity, and no money to fix it. At the same time Danilo and the lawyer decided to issue a writ against the paper, which had published his photo, against the National Drug Control Department and the Junta for everything they had done to us over the last year or so. If it was successful we might be able get our house and business back, and claim compensation. ..."
"... they were not eligible to vote. Each voting centre had a President of each table, a secretary and a first, second and third official. These people were appointed by the Junta Electoral and officially a mix of the different political parties were involved. ..."

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