In the Dominican Republic voters have gone to the polls to elect a Government for the next four years.
GV Polling station
GV & SV People wait to vote
GV INT. Polling station
CU Polling official checking papers
SV Voters collecting leaflets
SV Voter enters booth
SV & CU Voter having finger marked with
SV Voter enters booth
CU Man putting card in box
GV & SV People outside another polling station (4 shots)
GV EXT Another polling station
CU General Secretary of the O.L.R.A. Party waiting to vote
SV Others voters
CU President Balaguer waiting to vote
SV Balaguer talking to small girl
CU Other voters
SV INT. Balaguer in polling station
CU Balaguers papers being checked (2 shots)
SV Balaguer walks off to vote
SV People waiting outside
SV & TV Balaguer leaving and waving to crowd (5 shots)
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Background: 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.