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Governor says who the SEC chairman is depends on Electoral Code amendments

State Elections Commission Chairman Francisco Rosado Colomer

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia said Wednesday that the permanence of Francisco Rosado Colomer as chairman of the State Elections Commission (SEC), depends in part on the approval of proposed amendments to the Electoral Code.

“Let’s go step by step,” the governor said at a press conference. “The important thing now is that the amendments that are being clarified are adopted. It didn’t happen yesterday, but I hope this will be resolved early next week. I understand that in conference committee an agreement will be reached and then it will go down to a vote at the beginning of the week.”

“Let’s go step by step; first, let’s see what the Electoral Code provides for the chairmanship and the alternate chairmanship,” Pierluisi continued. “The governor always has a role in appointing those officials, subject to confirmation by the House and Senate. I have already expressed myself on the merits of the chairman of the State Elections Commission and I reiterate that.”

On Monday, the island House of Representatives did not agree with a measure approved in the Senate. New Progressive Party minority leader Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Nuñez said his delegation is evaluating the amendments.

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