Elections Commission President Criticized for Delay with Political Ads Complaints
SAN JUAN – The president of the Municipal Committee of the Popular Democratic Party in Guaynabo, Ricardo “Richie” Vicéns Salgado, on Thursday morning criticized the president of the State Elections Commission (CEE by its Spanish initials), Liza García, for “the delay in the process of complaints filed against mayors who are in violation of the Electoral Law, and no one in the CEE has lifted a finger to put the house in order.”
“It has been more than month since we filed duly certified complaints and absolutely nothing has happened,” added Vicéns Salgado. “One would think that they are waiting for [the complaints] to become academic.”
Vicéns Salgado was referring to three complaints filed Jan. 25 for the use of signs on public roads advertising Guaynabo Mayor Héctor O’Neill. The first case is a sign on Marta Ortiz Street, in the Santa Rosa III sector of Guaynabo, the second is a sign on Ramírez de Arellano Avenue, and the third is another sign on the intersection of Martínez Nadal and San Patricio avenues. The complaints claim the signs are in violation of electoral law because they use elements such as color and slogans that may be interpreted as political in nature. Besides these three complaints, four previous complaints had been filed on Jan. 19 at the CEE for the same reasons.
“Being the first woman president of the CEE, we want her tenure to be an example of excellence, but it cannot be that more than a month goes by without these complaints begin addressed by the Advertising Board; it is unacceptable,” Vicéns Salgado said.