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PDP leaders bar House speaker from negotiating Electoral Code changes

By The Star Staff

Speaker of the House of Representatives Rafael “Tatito” Hernández Montañez will not be able to negotiate any agreement with the New Progressive Party on changes to the Electoral Code, according to a resolution approved on Sunday by the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) governing board, the speaker said Monday.

PDP President Jesús Manuel Ortiz González introduced two resolutions that were approved by those present. Hernández Montañez did not participate in the meeting.

“The first resolution establishes that the issue of the Electoral Code and the amendments thereto are an institutional issue and that any negotiations between the PDP and the other political parties and independent legislators will be headed by our president, Jesús Manuel Ortiz, as president of the Legislative Conference, and his electoral team, in agreement and dialogue with the legislative leaders of both chambers,” PDP Secretary General Gerardo “Toñito” Cruz Maldonado said in a written statement.

Hernández Montañez met last Thursday with NPP Alternate Electoral Commissioner Edwin Mundo Ríos to begin discussions.

The other resolution made it clear that any change to the electoral legislation will have to address the core aspects contained in the substitute legislation to House Bill 4 and House Bill 114, and Senate Bill 909, which were approved on June 30 and were vetoed by Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia.

“Doing the opposite of what was approved in the board does not constitute the institutional position of the party,” Cruz Maldonado added.

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