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Courts ramp up for Saturday’s mayoral election in Guaynabo

Puerto Rico Supreme Court Chief Justice Maite Oronoz Rodríguez

By John McPhaul

Through an administrative order, Puerto Rico Supreme Court Chief Justice Maite Oronoz Rodríguez on Wednesday established in a written statement the measures that the island’s Judicial Power will take in attending to electoral matters related to Saturday’s special election to fill the vacant mayor’s seat in Guaynabo.

On the day of the special election, the judicial centers of the judicial regions of Bayamón and San Juan will remain open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to attend to any electoral matters that are presented. Likewise, the secretarial offices of the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court will be open at the same time to receive any petition related to an electoral case.

The judges who will address electoral matters of a civil and criminal nature related to the special election were previously appointed by administrative order. Complaints in electoral cases of a criminal nature may be submitted through the Unified Case Management and Administration System. Likewise, lawyers must present electoral cases of a civil nature through the electronic platform as usual.

People who appear in their own right may physically present their cases at the Bayamón and San Juan Judicial Centers.

Meanwhile, according to the Electoral Code of Puerto Rico of 2020, cases in which the election is contested, as well as all appeals for review filed with the Special Election Commission, will be filed at the San Juan Judicial Center.

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