Manufacturers Association demands resignation of election officials
By John McPhaul
Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association President Carlos M. Rodríguez demanded on Monday that the chairman of the State Elections Commission and all the electoral officials who gave assurances on Saturday that they were ready to carry out Puerto Rico’s primary elections Sunday be immediately removed from their positions and publicly assume responsibility for the debacle they caused.
“We are just over 100 days away from the general elections and this chaos generated in a smaller-scale electoral event leaves much to be desired and puts us in the world public arena as a country with a lack of capacity, a lack of credibility, and corruption,” Rodríguez said. “Given the efforts being made to reactivate manufacturing in Puerto Rico, this situation hurts the possibilities of attracting investment and answering those who criticize our institutions.”
“For the first time in our history, thousands of people were deprived of their right to vote, at a time when we are facing the crisis of the [coronavirus] pandemic that has made the process more difficult than normal,” he added.
“We call on the governor to call an urgent extraordinary session [of the island Legislature] to facilitate the process being carried out within the due process of law and there is no room for future challenges,” Rodríguez said.