Waiting Game Is On For Nov. 8 General Elections
SAN JUAN — The leaders of Puerto Rico’s political parties and the independent gubernatorial candidates now await the general election vote slated to start Tuesday at 8 a.m., when polls open throughout the island.
The New Progressive Party (NPP), Popular Democratic Party (PDP) and Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) carried out their closing campaign events Sunday with colorful, massive events in which they urged their supporters to help turn friends and relatives out to vote Tuesday.
The Working People’s Party (PPT by its Spanish initials) and independent candidates Manuel Cidre and Alexandra Lúgaro held their respective campaign closings Saturday, in events that were more sparsely attended.
While the PPT gathered about 100 supporters around its campaign headquarters’ premises on Jesús T. Piñero Avenue in Hato Rey, Cidre did likewise, but with a small crowd at the central offices of his campaign committee, in the locale where Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierlusi’s campaign committee during the primaries was in Puerto Nuevo.
Lúgaro, meanwhile, gathered hundreds of her followers in an open lot in Santurce’s Cerra Street, where she spoke about the virtues of her independent candidacy against those of the four political parties.
“A wasted vote is a vote for the parties that have brought us [to our present situation],” Lúgaro said in a brief speech referring to the NPP and PDP and the campaign in which they call on voters to not support independent candidacies because it would mean a “wasted” vote with no real effect.
The NPP in particular called on its followers to vote under the party insignia—instead of a mixed vote for candidacy—to ensure having the same team at the legislative and municipal levels.
Likewise the PDP, during its event on the grounds of the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Hato Rey, with its gubernatorial candidate, David Bernier, insisted in the need to create a new political majority on the island, with the support of PDP, NPP and PIP members.
Meanwhile, the candidate for the PPT, Rafael Bernabe, asked for the people’s vote “to change the [island].”
The PIP held its own event on the streets of Old San Juan, during which the party leadership reiterated its position against the fiscal control board and in support of Puerto Rican independence.
On Monday afternoon, the PDP candidate for governor will visit his hometown of Patillas, where he began his campaign, while the PIP leadership will be handing out political flyers in Roosevelt Ave., in Puerto Nuevo, near the party’s headquarters.