More on the Puerto Rican elections
Welcome Chrenkoff readers! Last Tuesday I blogged about the vote count in Puerto Rico. Currently, the chairman of the local election commission (called the Comisión Estatal de Elecciones — State Electoral Commission — even when Puerto Rico is not a state, but a US Commonwealth) has agreed to count the “mixed” votes, but not to tally them as part of any party’s total.
Sostuvo que en este momento la orden emitida por el Tribunal Federal anula la sentencia del Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico de que los votos mixtos tienen que adjudicarse.
He believes that presently the order from the Federal Court annuls the Puerto Rican Supreme Court asking that the mixed votes must be adjudicated (my translation)
Puertorican cases are argued in the http://www.uscourts.gov/courtsofappeals.html”>United States Courts of Appeals in the 1st Circuit, and the cases are heard in Boston, Mass. Last Friday evening a judge from the 1st Circuit Court asked that the mixed votes not be adjudicated to any party, until both sides have a chance to present their cases.
The Freepers comapare this election to “A Death of a Thousand Cuts”, for good reason. Leaders from the (now in power) Partido Popular Democratico (PPD) have called for a demonstration this upcoming Monday to assert the decisions of the Tribunal Supremo over the Federal Court — they call it “Marcha por la Dignidad” (March for Dignity), even when it was the PPD who first announced they’d appeal in Boston. The Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP) will be holding a demonstration this evening, under the theme “Unidos por Puerto Rico” (United for Puerto Rico) in support of the Federal Court.
It looks to me that, constitutionally speaking, both under the USA and PR Constitutions, the Federal jurisdiction is clear, but the PPD wants the local ruling to supersede the federal since the results would favor the PPD. Other than that, as I said last Tuesday, if any of this makes any sense to you, I’d be most grateful for clarification.