San Juan – The electoral commissioner of the New Progressive Party (PNP), Héctor Joaquín Sánchez Álvarez, requested on Friday, assistance to the Supreme Court to order that all votes be counted and the general scrutiny continue.
“The people of Puerto Rico cannot continue to be held hostage by people and parties that do not want to accept the democratic mandate expressed at the polls. We have seen for weeks all kinds of tricks, especially by the Movimiento Victoria Ciudadana party to prevent all the votes from being counted and it is finally certified that the PNP won the general election, including the mayor of San Juan, ”said the PNP commissioner in written communication.
The Movimiento Victoria Ciudadana (MVC) went to court last week to demand information on early voting and requested that the general scrutiny be stopped.
Sánchez Álvarez added that, “the Court of First Instance refused to paralyze the scrutiny and recognized that the available information had already been delivered to the MVC. However, their determination to order the delivery of the lists of voters who have already voted and who are in the briefcases has caused the vote to be stopped and the MVC refuses to reach an agreement to continue the vote because they know what the result will be. ”.
The PNP commissioner reported that they presented an appeal for certification and jurisdictional assistance through the electronic system of the Judicial Branch for the Supreme Court to order the scrutiny and recalled that interrupting an election process constitutes a crime.
“The Supreme Court is closed today so we filed the appeal electronically requesting the help of the highest judicial forum because we cannot wait days to continue counting the votes. The people need the final certainty of what the election result was and we are not going to allow Puerto Rico to be taken hostage by the MVC that does not end and accepts that it lost the elections, ”concluded Sánchez Álvarez.