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    In the Dominican Republic voters have gone to the polls to elect a Government for the next four years.

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    In the Dominican Republic voters have gone to the polls to elect a Government for the next four years.

    Despite a violent three-month election campaign in which more than 60 people died, the elections themselves were hold in ? air of comparative calm.

    Early unofficial results gave President Joaquin Balaguer's Reformist Party a substantial lead over the four other parties contesting the election.

    Sixty-two-year-old President Balaguer was favoured to win a second term as president. He was elected President in 1966 during inter-American occupation of the country.

    Standing against him in the election were vice President Francisco Caugusto Lora, who broke with President Balaguer more than a year ago and has formed the Democratic Integration Movement-General Elias Wessin Y Wessin, a string anti-Communist who led the anti-rebel forces in the 1965 civil war-Dr. Alfonso Moreno Martinez of the Social christian Party-and Dr. Manuel Fernandez of the National Conciliation Movement whose founder and candidate was former President Hector Garcia Godoy who died of a heart attack last month.

    Police and troops guarded all 3,540 polling booths throughout the country as the voting began.

    There were isolated acts of terrorism in different parts of the country, in which five people were wounded. In Santo Domingo a small bomb exploded at a polling booth, injuring two women, and several other small bombs exploded in the city.

    Voting was slow with a lower turn out of voters than at the previous election.

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