Despite accusations of corruption from the opposition, Dominican Republic leader Leonel Fernandez is widely expected to win Friday’s presidential election.
Fernandez is going for his third term in office and polls suggest he will win, though it is not clear if the margin will be enough to avoid a run-off vote.
Supporters of his main challenger, Miguel Vargas Maldonado, claim surveys have been bankrolled by the government. They have also blamed the president and his centrist Dominican Liberation Party for recent price increases.
The run-up to election day was marred by violence when three people, including a former congressman, were shot dead.
Fernandez is credited with pulling the country out of an economic crisis in 2003 and leading the Carribbean country into a period of strong growth.
But many impoverished Dominicans complain of not getting a share of their nation’s relative wealth.