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Puerto Rican Independence Party regrets court decision on electoral ban

By on April 20, 2017

SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP by its Spanish acronym) lamented the decision of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court overruling the State Elections Commission (CEE by its Spanish initials) determination that allowed the electoral ban to be applied for the June 11 referendum.

PIP Electoral Commissioner María de Lourdes Santiago said that “with this determination, the Supreme Court gives the NPP [New Progressive Party] carte blanche to use public funds to promote its ideology.”

“It is a dangerous precedent that reveals a huge disregard for the principles that encourage the imposition of the electoral ban as a way to promote prudent use of Puerto Ricans’ money,” Santiago said in a written statement.

PIP independent candidate María de Lourdes Santiago received large support from a varied group during an event on the Bars Association. (Agustín Criollo/CB)

PIP independent candidate María de Lourdes Santiago received large support from a varied group during an event on the Bars Association. (Agustín Criollo/CB)

The electoral ban established in Puerto Rico elections law consists of evaluating all government advertising ahead of an election process to ensure that funds are not used under the control of the majority party for direct or indirect propaganda about achievements, promises or government action.

In an election year, the electoral ban comes into force in January that year and ends after the elections.

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