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Governor doesn’t rule out meeting with legislative leaders on top SEC posts

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia said Tuesday that he will seek a meeting with island legislative leaders to come to an agreement to appoint a chairperson and alternate chairperson for the State Elections Commission (SEC).

“I do not rule out that the legislative leadership in the Legislative Assembly, that is, the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House, and I reach agreements,” the governor said in response to questions from the press. “That could happen. Obviously, both the House speaker and the Senate president would have to discuss it with their respective delegations, and I would do the same with mine. But I do not rule out this happening, because it is preferable to have not only the [SEC] chairperson in place, … [but] to have both the chairperson and the alternate chairperson appointed in place … for the term of time established in the law.”

The governor said that if the meeting takes place, it should happen near the beginning of the regular legislative session.

“I will say it differently: I am willing to submit candidates, to work the matter out with the Senate president, and the House speaker, for the good of the State Elections Commission and the people in general,” Pierluisi added.

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