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No Surprises Expected in Scrutiny of General Primary Votes

By on June 13, 2016

SAN JUAN – With no significant changes to the results expected, the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) and New Progressive Party (NPP) begin Monday morning to scrutinize the votes cast in the June 5 general primaries.

The examination will be conducted at the operations center of the Puerto Rico State Elections Commission (CEE by its Spanish acronym), where each party has organized a series of tables to carry out the count.

The NPP has 50 tables and the PDP 40, electoral commissioners from both parties said.

“We will have 40 tables and then there will be three special tables where anything controversial that cannot be unanimously agreed on will be placed,” PDP electoral commissioner Guillermo San Antonio Acha said.

NPP gubernatorial candidate Pedro Pierluisi votes in Puerto Rico's primaries Sunday.

Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi votes in Puerto Rico’s primaries June 5. (CB photo/Dennis Costa)

NPP electoral commissioner Jorge Dávila said no changes are expected with the ballots left blank. In separate interviews, elections officials said that when the voting machines registered blank ballots, voters would be asked if they wanted to leave them so or correct them.

Participation in the primaries was less than estimated by both parties but in particularly the NPP, which had estimated more than 600,000 voters.Only about 460,000 people ended up voting.

CEE President Liza García has expressed satisfaction with the introduction of electronic voting to the island’s election process, but said the commission continues its evaluation process to correct any issues such as the communication of results and the fact many voters had to cover their ballot so it wouldn’t be visible to those close by.

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