The governor Wanda Vazquez Garced signed the Joint Resolution of the Senate 556 that postpones the date of celebration of the primaries provided in Article 8.009 of the Electoral Code of Puerto Rico for the XXI Century for August 9, 2020, as a result of the state of emergency declared by the pandemic of the COVID-19.
This measure authorizes the president of the State Election Commission (CEE) to coordinate with the political parties that hold primaries the adjustment in the electoral calendar, according to the deadlines established in said calendar for the preparations for the celebration of the law primaries.
“The emergency situation that we are experiencing directly affects the electoral calendar prior to the primaries. To the point that, due to the suspension of the work in the EEC, it has not been possible to start the preparations that precede said electoral event, originally scheduled for June 7, ”said Vázquez Garced by written communication.
“In compliance with the rules of social distancing and measures for the prevention of contagion of COVID-19, the Commission may authorize by regulation protective measures, as established in the resolution. In addition to guaranteeing the right to vote of those duly registered voters, the Commission will ensure that they are protected and safeguard the integrity of the processes, ”added the governor.
The EEC will present to the Legislative Assembly a detailed report on the changes that will be made to the primary processes before June 30, which will be reported on its website.