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Supreme Court Denies Plea for More PDP Senate Members

By on December 22, 2016

SAN JUAN — The Puerto Rico Supreme Court denied Wednesday a petition for an oral hearing requested by Sen. Ángel Rodríguez Otero, one of several legislators who opposed the State Elections Commission’s (CEE) determination to deny the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) three additional seats in Senate due to the Minorities Act.

However, Associate Judge Luis Estrella rejected the court’s determination after he noted it is an issue of high public interest that deserves an oral hearing.

Rodríguez Otero, Sen. Ramón Ruiz Nieves and Juan Pablo Hernández, who weren’t elected in the past general elections, requested the CEE to be included in the Senate under the Minorities Act, contained in the Puerto Rico Commonwealth Constitution, Article III, Section 7.

They demanded to be included in the high chamber due to pro-independence senator Juan Dalmau not belonging to the Senate’s minority party, while independent senator José Vargas Vidot is unaffiliated.

CEE Director Liza García decided that Dalmau and Vargas Vidot should be included for the act’s purposes because including more PDP senators would cost the New Progressive Party (NPP) their two-thirds majority. The case is currently pending in the Puerto Rico Supreme Court.

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