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Rivera Schatz Demands Election Commission President’s Resignation

By on April 18, 2016

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Thomas Rivera Schatz

SAN JUAN – Thomas Rivera Schatz, the former Senate President and elections commissioner of the New Progressive Party, on Monday called for the resignation of State Elections Commission (CEE by its Spanish initials) President Liza García Vélez, saying he considers her unable to lead the entity.

Rivera Schatz said that with some 40 days remaining before the general primaries, García Vélez is unsure of what will take place in that event or how voting will be carried out. He added there is no certainty on whether the electronic vote will be implemented and that officials are not being trained to work with manual vote count.

“Up to now, we have no certainty about the electronic vote count and we do not have a plan B, which is to conduct that vote count manually as we have always done,” said Rivera Schatz while reiterating his request for García Vélez’s resignation as head of the CEE, which is tasked with holding the general primaries June 5 and the following general elections Nov. 8.

García Vélez told Caribbean Business that the Puerto Rico Treasury Department has not complied with a $2.6 million payment to Dominion Voting, the company in charge of implementing the electronic vote system, and has yet to pay $4.6 million to the company that would print the ballots for the general primaries, nor paid the companies that make the voting booths and ballot boxes.

The elections commissioner has said this is a crucial week in the process because dates have been set and Treasury has to make the payments in order for work to continue.  

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