The State Elections Commission (CEE) of Puerto Rico approved the participation of observers from the Puerto Rico Bar Association during the voting of the general elections.
The participation will be of an observer of the college in penal and juvenile institutions on Sunday, November 1, 2020 and in the general elections of Tuesday, November 3, 2020 an observer per Senate District.
Features include; observe the acts related to inmate voting, the installation of the polling station, the opening of the polling station, the voting process, the closing of the electoral event and the completion of the incident record. Likewise on Tuesday, November 3 in the general elections.
Subsequently, the observers will submit a report to the State Elections Commission on the incidents that occurred during the voting process within a period of ten days. The functions will be the same in the voting of penal institutions and in the general elections of November 3.
The CAAPR has had the experience and responsibility in participating as an independent observer in electoral events through its Corps of Observers, who are an impartial body that has the objective of monitoring, recording and reporting on any illegal or inappropriate behavior in the process that it intervenes.
In addition to ensuring that the procedures, the constitutional rights of our citizens, the right to vote are carried out in accordance with the law.
“The requirement of the Covid 19 test 72 hours in advance, to participate as observers in the voting process in penal institutions is difficult to fulfill, since the authorization was notified on Friday night. This will make it difficult for the observers to participate in the voting process of the inmates, ”said the Lcda. Daisy Calcaño López, president of the Puerto Rico Bar Association.
“It is important to note that we have only been authorized one observer per senatorial district. There are eight districts and 110 precincts. An observer should have been authorized for each precinct that allows the largest number of voting units to be covered. This limitation worries us, taking into account the experience of the primary pasts. The Civil Rights Commission has also been authorized an equal number of observers. Still, it is not enough. More than 1.5 million voters are expected to go to the polls, out of about 2.3 million eligible voters to vote in these elections, ”Calcaño López stressed.
In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, observers will follow the work protocol and risk management plan approved by the State Elections Commission.