Friday, June 2, 2023

Governor on the amendment to the Electoral Code: “The important thing is that it is voted on as soon as possible”

Maunabo. Despite the fact that he did not specify which are the most pressing changes he is interested in seeing in the electoral code and at a time when the high-level meeting of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) will be crucial, Governor Pedro Pierluci indicated this Monday that “everything” is in agreement to make way for an amendment to that law.

“The important thing is that voting should be done as soon as possible so that we all want stability in our electoral system. It is important to make the necessary changes to the code so that we are ready for the next elections,” Pierluisi said after holding a press conference in which he announced the demolition of the old Maunabo Diagnosis and Treatment Center.

When asked what amendments are necessary for him, Pierluisi was evasive.

“There are many changes. The vast majority are not controversial so I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Everything practically agrees. Everything agrees. There may be one or the other difference or divergence, but that will be fixed in the coming days.” should be done.”

However, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rafael “Tetito” Hernández, who acknowledged that he is in talks with the electoral team of the New Progressive Party (PNP) on the proposed amendments, said that he would hold a meeting tomorrow, Tuesday. new president. de la Paiva, Jesus Manuel Ortiz, to decide what he wanted to do with the proposed changes. He stressed that one possibility is that Ortiz chooses to stop the work.

On the other hand, the governor insisted that a replacement bill to amend the 2020 Electoral Code should be voted on this week. Hernandez predicted the House of Representatives would agree with the piece approved in the upper body, but he indicated to the outlet that there is no consensus at the moment. The Senate meets tomorrow Tuesday, but the cameral leader has said the body has not even been informed of the House of Representatives’ position.

He said that they should work on this as soon as possible because we all want the rules of the game to be clear. You have to remember that you have to prepare the rules. It is necessary to issue rules, that is, the commission (state elections) has to do all that in the face of the next elections and the next primaries, that is, time is running out and it is important that this issue is resolved,” said the first president. .

Changes to the electoral code that PPD and PNP leaders have negotiated include making the requirements for the chairman and alternate chairman of the EEC more flexible, changing the date of the primaries, limiting the number of constituencies in which votes can be cast for a legislative candidate, can add. Provided that the electoral rolls are distributed to the candidates in accordance with the geographical area in which they are interested and that holidays should be restricted in between scrutiny.

PPD leaders have already publicly rejected these proposals. It remains to be known what is the official status of Ortiz, who became PPD president last week after a close vote with Villalba Mayor Luis Javier Hernandez.

Pierluci did not want to indicate whether he would defeat Ortiz in the next elections.

“Oh, bless God. First they put their house in order and then we’ll see what candidates come out of that party, so that’s what I’m going to say.

“What I see is that this party has some internal problems that they have to solve. As I said, they have to set their house in order. That president (Ortiz) has work to do before he enters the candidacy process. is full,” he said.

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