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Some 26,000 deceased voters remain on election rosters

State Elections Commission Interim Chairwoman Jessika Padilla Rivera

By The Star Staff

With just a couple of days left before Sunday’s primary elections, State Elections Commission (SEC) Interim Chairwoman Jessika Padilla Rivera on Thursday revealed the names of about 26,000 deceased voters that have not yet been eliminated from the electoral registry.

“The voting lists do not fully exclude those who died …,” the judge said. “So, we continue working to exclude deaths from the voting lists, but it is not like it will be achieved by this coming Sunday.”

Padilla underscored the preparedness of the SEC for the Popular Democratic Party and New Progressive Party electoral events. With 16 generators on standby and the imminent arrival of electoral observers from 11 countries, the SEC is leaving no stone unturned, she said.

“Now, each of the regular election ballot cases is ready to begin its route starting tomorrow and Saturday,” she said. “On Sunday, when schools open, we are ready to start at 9 in the morning.”

Padilla announced earlier this week that observers who will witness the electoral event have come from the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and El Salvador, among other countries.

She said observers from 17 electoral organizations, including magistrates and presidents of electoral courts from 11 countries, will monitor the inmate vote on Friday.

Puerto Rico is a member of the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations and the Association of Women Magistrates of the Americas.

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William Rosa
William Rosa
01 giu

Initially, I read the headline and thought that it was a joke; however, as I kept reading and suddenly, whatever was funny turned into surprise, shock and certainly mindboggling. They have less than 48 hours to expunge 26k ineligible voters from the records; if credibility is one of the goals of the SEC that looks like a far reaching one. The point should be, if this is attainable or unattainable, how can an agency that functions year-round stop revising the national voter lists. Are they, PDP and the NPP, aware that outside observers are coming to witness their wonderful show; PR don't need any more of the same stuff. To be ridiculous at home in front of our people is…

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