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Rep. Méndez Nuñez demands transition at top of NPP, and at SEC

Rep. Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Nuñez

By The Star Staff

New Progressive Party (NPP) Rep. Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Nuñez on Monday urged the pro-statehood party to begin a transition immediately by handing over the party’s presidency to Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón.

The resident commissioner defeated incumbent Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia in the NPP gubernatorial primary on June 2.

Méndez Nuñez also blasted the State Elections Commission (SEC) for the numerous errors detected eight days after the primary event.

“It’s been over a week since the New Progressive Party went to the polls and chose a new direction. Jenniffer González was selected as the leader of the NPP. That action is irrefutable; it prevailed at the polls and that is not under discussion. The transition in the party has to happen immediately. It is time for the future governor of Puerto Rico to assume the presidency of the NPP so that she can implement the new policy endorsed by the NPP people, as well as the appointments of secretary general and electoral commissioner, among others,” he said. “The integrity of the electoral system cannot be damaged, and unfortunately, that is what is happening. Eight days after the event, doubts and questions still persist. It is time for the resident commissioner’s team to take over to address this delay and ‘situations’ that should no longer occur. Other jurisdictions count their votes and certify, so why do they have to wait weeks in Puerto Rico? No. The people of Puerto Rico expect and deserve more than what we are experiencing.”

“We cannot leave an opening for the Financial Oversight and Management Board to question the SEC and the funds that are allocated,” he said. “The next governor must place people in the SEC who will finish the processes on time, with transparency and efficiency. It is time to begin the transition of the NPP in the SEC.”

“As vice president of the NPP, I request speed and transparency in the SEC processes,” added the NPP majority leader in the island House of Representatives. “Delays are unacceptable.”

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