Next election term to be six years

(AP) — The next crop of Dominican mayors, legislators and other elected officials will get to serve an extra two years in office under a new measure that aims to cut costs by holding all elections at the same time

Candidates who win in 2010 will stay in office until 2016, according to a constitutional amendment approved late Tuesday by a special government committee. Officials usually serve four-year terms.

The Dominican Republic used to have a single, unified vote for all offices, until fraud allegations tarnished the 1994 presidential election. A new vote for the presidency and vice-presidency was held two years later, and the election cycle has been off-kilter since.

The government has not said how much money it expects to save by re-coupling municipal and presidential elections.

The amendment also moves elections to a Sunday to avoid interrupting
business activities, since a work holiday is traditionally declared to
make it easier for Dominicans to get to the polls.

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