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NPP lawmakers ask governor to veto electoral code


New Progressive Party legislators opposed the proposed amendments to the Electoral Code in part because they say they would limit the right to vote, particularly for people 60 years of age or older, by restricting their ability to vote in advance by mail.

By The Star Staff


The New Progressive Party (NPP) legislative conference unanimously urged Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia on Monday to veto the proposed amendments to the Electoral Code.


“The legislative conference constituted today by unanimous vote asked the governor to veto that bill,” Sen. Thomas Rivera Schatz, spokesman for the NPP minority, said at a press conference.


The NPP legislators provided three main reasons to veto the bill.


Rivera Schatz charged that the new electoral code being advanced by the Popular Democratic Party majority seeks to limit the right to vote, particularly for people 60 years of age or older, by restricting their ability to vote in advance by mail. In addition, he insisted that the bill intends to reduce the categories for absentee votes.


Rivera Schatz also pointed out that, in terms of legality, the current Electoral Code and Senate Bill 909 respected all the decisions of the Supreme Court and the determinations of the federal court on electoral issues, something that is not part of the new electoral code, he said.


Separately, House Minority Leader Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Núñez affirmed that lawmakers asked the governor not to convene a special session for the bill that would amend the inventory tax, and gave assurances that they are working on it. Méndez Núñez also noted the need to approve the tax reform in the next session that starts in August.

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