Dominican Republic

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Question Value
Legal provisions for mandatory referendums at national level
  • Yes
Legal provisions for optional referendums at national level
  • Yes
Legal provisions for citizens' initiatives at national level
  • Yes
Legal provisions for agenda initiatives at national level
  • No
Legal provisions for recall at national level
  • No
Legal provisions for direct democracy at the regional level
  • No
Legal provisions for direct democracy at the local level
  • Optional referendum
  • Citizens' initiative
Legal basis for direct democracy at the national level
  • Constitutional
Legal basis for administrative requirements at the national level
  • Constitutional
Who administers direct democracy mechanisms at the national level?
  • Independent electoral commission
First referendum/initiative held
  • 1870
Has there been a national referendum since 1980?
  • No

Question Value
Issues in relation to which referendums are mandatory at the national level
  • Constitutional amendments
Issues in relation to which referendums are optional at the national level
  • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
Issues excluded from being the subject of referendums at the national level
  • Designation or recall of an elected authority
Issues of sub-national referendums regulated at the national level
  • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
Who can initiate an optional referendum at the national level?
  • No specific legal provisions have been issued yet.
Who drafts the referendum question?
  • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
Who decides on the final form of the ballot text?
  • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
Quorum requirements for a referendum to be valid
  • Mandatory referendum - turnout quorum
  • Optional Referendum - not yet specified
Requirements for a referendum to pass
  • Mandatory referendum - simple majority
Are referendum results binding?
  • Mandatory referendum - always

Question Value
Issues that can be proposed by citizens using the initiative process at the national level
  • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
Issues excluded from being the subject of an initiative at the national level
  • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
Who may propose the registration of an initiative?
  • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
Materials to accompany an application for registration
  • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
Who determines the title of an initiative?
  • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
What disqualifies a proposed title of an initiative?
  • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
Who is responsible for checking the legality of initiatives?
  • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
At which stage legality check is conducted?
  • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
Who decides the final ballot text when the initiative is put to a vote?
  • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
When does voting take place once an initiative is qualified for ballot?
  • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.

Question Value
Which individuals/positions may be subject to the recall?
    What are the grounds for recall?
      What restrictions are there in relation to the time period in which an individual or position can be recalled?
        When is the recall put to the vote?
          When does the election to replace an individual who has been recalled take place?
            Can an individual who is the subject of a recall stand on the ballot for his/her own replacement?

              Question Value
              How many signatures are required to start the formal decision making stage of a direct democracy mechanism?
              • Citizens' Initiative - proportion of the electorate
              What is the deadline for collecting required number of signatures?
              • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
              Restrictions in relation to the individuals who can sign the proposal
              • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
              Where can proposals be signed?
              • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
              What information must signatories provide when signing the proposal?
              • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
              Restrictions in relation to signature collection
              • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
              What forms of checks are undertaken to verify signatures?
              • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.
              Who checks the signatures?
              • This issue has not been regulated yet by a special law.