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Bill to Stop US Presidential Primaries in Puerto Rico Introduced

By on January 12, 2016

SAN JUAN – Popular Democratic Party Sen. Antonio Fas Alzamora has introduced a bill that would repeal the presidential primaries for the Republican and Democratic parties in Puerto Rico.

The legislation, Senate Bill 1537, was introduced Monday. The State Elections Commission (CEE), which has little money to fund the local elections, spends close to $1.5 million or more in the U.S. presidential primaries, which attract few voters.  

“The celebration of the presidential primaries has required a considerable use of public funds, which at this time are an onerous expenditure in the worst fiscal crisis of our history,” he said in a statement.

If passed, the legislation would allow the CEE to use the money for the local elections.

According to Fas Alzamora, the Republican Party primary of 2012 attracted only 5.58 percent of registered voters. The Democratic Party primary, the last of which was held in 2008 locally, attracted 16 percent of the voters.

“We should not invest public funds in such events when Puerto Ricans cannot vote for the U.S. president,” he said.

By Eva Lloréns Vélez

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