PDP ballot scrutiny paused due to COVID-19 positive

By John McPhaul

The ballot scrutiny being carried out by the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) following the primaries of Aug. 9 and Aug. 16 was suspended Thursday to carry out disinfection work, after learning that a member of the New Progressive Party who was actively participating in the scrutiny process tested positive for COVID-19.

Apparently the person was in contact with personnel from both parties working at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Nelson Rodríguez Vargas, alternate commissioner of the PDP, announced in a written statement.

“In order to guarantee the safety of the personnel who are working on the scrutiny, I gave instructions so that the process [is] stopped and disinfection work can be carried out in the different areas,” Rodríguez Vargas said in a written statement. “The processes are expected to resume tomorrow, Friday.”

“The staff were informed that tomorrow [Friday] diagnostic tests will be conducted on all employees in the arena,” Rodríguez Vargas added.

The PDP official called on staff to maintain the recommended sanitary and physical distancing measures. He also said that despite the suspension of the scrutiny, the process is expected to be completed next week as outlined in the PDP work plan.

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