Ponce Mayoral Hopeful’s Image not Used in Mock Ballot
SAN JUAN – New Progressive Party (NPP) Rep. Luis “Tato” León called on State Election Commission (EEC by its Spanish initials) President Liza García to immediately correct the alleged “crass” error of not placing his photograph on the ballot for mayor of the municipality of Ponce.
“As you are aware, we are immersed in this primary process, specifically in the race for mayor of the Autonomous Municipality of Ponce. During the exercise Saturday, the commission used a ballot for the contest for Ponce mayor that did not include our picture in front of our team of municipal legislators, as required by Puerto Rico Electoral Law,” reads a letter León sent to García on Tuesday.
Ponce’s ballot did not feature the NPP representative’s image, but did his opponent’s, which León believes was intended to hurt his campaign.
“Ironically, not only was our picture not placed but the EEC did place a photograph of Mayor María ‘Mayita’ Meléndez in a clear act of electoral discrimination. This situation raises serious doubts about the transparency of the process the EEC is carrying out and which the people expect to represent our democracy,” the mayoral hopeful added.
In the exercise, seven model ballots were used, for selecting the candidates for governor, resident commissioner, mayor, at-large representative, at-large senator, and representative and senator by district.
León said he is formally requesting an investigation into the matter and that those responsible be held accountable. He also demanded assurances the incident is not repeated in the future.