Independence Party confident it will complete registration process
SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rican Independence Party’s (PIP) former gubernatorial candidate, María de Lourdes Santiago, is confident that the party will be able to obtain the necessary petition numbers to re-register.
Santiago said the first collection of signatures, which took place Wednesday, included 7,901 signatures, which is 2,000 more compared with the same election period in 2012, when the party filed only 5,550 endorsements.
“This is a sign, on the one hand, of the enthusiasm of our followers, the people who are taking to the streets to collect the signatures, and the generosity of independentistas and non-independentistas who recognize the importance of the PIP as an institution,” the also former senator said.
The process, which requires more than 40,000 petitions and then is reviewed by the State Elections Commission (CEE by its Spanish initials) to validate the endorsements, could take about three months, Santiago said.