Last week the Gallup-Hoy Survey was presented to the public light. On its results in relation to the preferences of the electorate for the candidates for the Presidency of the Republic, I will not refer.
Regarding these results, it can be said that there are very few days left to verify the accuracy, proximity or not, of the data thrown by it. Instead, I will refer to other aspects, which, like the previous one, are of great importance.
Firstly, it is striking that one of its results establishes that half of the population knows “little or nothing” about the government plans of the main candidates for the presidency.
In our view, the previous result allows us to derive: 1) That neither the government, nor the Central Electoral Board (JCE), nor the parties, put sufficient interest, despite the considerable amount of millions of pesos available for the elections , in carrying out a campaign in which the dissemination and knowledge of the proposed programs, the debate and the dissemination of ideas prevail.
The interest in making Dominicans citizens with interest and public will is not a matter of concern for these instances, 2) That the crisis of the political party system remains a reality, which is half-hidden by the stream of millions of pesos used in the campaign and in electoral clientelism.
With respect to another finding of the aforementioned survey, what stands out is the “marked disinterest” in politics, of 48% of the population who say they are “not at all interested” in it. Standing out in this massive group is a large proportion of youth and women.
Regarding the Greenberg-DiarioLibre Survey, which is one of the most recently publicized surveys, the conglomerate prevails of people who will vote motivated by a feeling of change.
An important growth of the human fringe stands out in this investigation, which indicates, as one of its major concerns, the existence of corruption.
This data is important, because in the country there were periods when this problem did not appear to be of interest to the majority of the population.
Today, the presidential and congressional elections are “just around the corner.” What once seemed distant is there, a few days after its completion. It is true that we are in a context of a pandemic.
But as the editorialist of this newspaper “El Día” has said, “The Central Electoral Board (JCE) has the obligation to create the ideal sanitary conditions so that the Dominican population feels confident when they go to vote….” (June 23, 2020). This right must be guaranteed. The die is cast.
— Celedonio Jiménez to eldia.com.do