SAN JUAN – The electoral commissioner of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD), Gerardo Antonio Cruz Maldonado said on Tuesday that the finding of 228 ballots of each modality, state, legislative and municipal, from the Fajardo Precinct 99 could provoke a recount in Representative District 36 that he currently represents the president of the House of Representatives, Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Núñez.
“With these legislative ballots, we dare to anticipate that there are hundreds of votes to be awarded for Representative District 36, so we have to examine whether this Precinct will fall under the recount. They are ballots that have not been counted for any candidate and that according to what we were informed mostly could favor the popular candidate from Representative District 36, Juan “Tito” Gómez. The night of the event, Representative Carlos “Johnny” Méndez led the popular candidate by 270 votes, however, this finding may bring significant changes, “said Cruz Maldonado in written statements.
Representative district 36 includes the towns of Ceiba, Vieques, Culebra, Fajardo, Luquillo, and a Rio Grande Precinct.
According to the popular commissioner, the ballots were found in a briefcase in Guayama. The discovery took place at noon on Monday, when officials from one of the tables of the Administrative Board of Absentee and Early Voting (JAVAA) opened a briefcase from the Guayama Precinct.
Cruz Maldonado also indicated that in Precinct 100 of Luquillo there are still three schools from JAVAA of Unit 74 corresponding to the vote of October 31 and one school of Unit 6 of Luquillo.
“School 3 of Unit 6 of Luquillo did not disclose results, however, it was a Unit that Mayor Jerry Márquez won comfortably, but that Representative Johnny Méndez and the rest of the PNP leadership were winning the night of the event. However, Unit 74, which comprises the voters who voted early on October 31, out of a total of seven schools, only disclosed four, with three schools remaining to be disclosed. The disclosed schools seem to comfortably favor the PPD for all candidacies. Around 200 other votes can be left unallocated in these three schools ”, stated Cruz Maldonado.
It is expected that once the votes have been counted, it will be determined if they will be counted in that district.