PDP open to resolutions on status referendum, assures it won’t take part
SAN JUAN – Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Secretary-General Carlos “Charlie” Delgado Altieri announced Tuesday a new process to receive and evaluate resolutions to be discussed in the PDP General Assembly next Sunday in Carolina.
Delgado Altieri, said the resolutions on the plebiscite will be received at the Central Committee in Puerta de Tierra, at the secretary-general’s office, from Wednesday at 8 a.m. to Thursday at 3 p.m.
“We encourage all PDP voters who want to present their position regarding what will be our final determination on the plebiscite, to file their resolution to be evaluated and considered Sunday,” wrote the secretary-general, who is also the mayor of Isabela.
He said that during the assembly, which will be held in Carolina’s Country Club at 9 a.m., the party will make “important” decisions, and as stated by PDP President Héctor Ferrer, party affiliates–represented by about 5,000 delegates on the island–will have the last word.
Unconfirmed reports assure that the assembly will decide to abstain from voting in that assembly.
Former Gov. Rafael Hernández Colón and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto have both opposed the referendum implemented by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s administration, and are discouraging PDP voters from participating.
Moreover, the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) said in advance that it would boycott the plebiscite if the administration adds the commonwealth option, arguing it would be counterproductive to include a territorial status option in a referendum designed to decolonize Puerto Rico.
Last week, the U.S. Justice Department ordered Rosselló’s administration to include the commonwealth in the ballot, after PDP leaders lobbied in Washington to challenge the plebiscite’s constitutionality because it excluded “thousands” of voters who were neither pro-statehood nor pro-independence, the two original status options included in the ballot.
The local government accepted reluctantly, but the decision has set back the State Elections Commission because it must delay ballot printing to revise the amended language and include the commonwealth and its definition, which entails redesigning the ballot.