Vazquez, meanwhile, called the situation a “disaster” and demanded the resignation of the chairman of the election commission.
“They made the people of Puerto Rico, not the candidates, believe they were ready,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. They lied. ”
His party’s president, Thomas Rivera Schatz, along with the president of the main opposition People’s Democratic Party, held a joint press conference and said they agreed that the remaining primaries should be held on May 16. August, a measure that Vázquez supported. Both parties are holding in the primary election with the winning candidates among six government candidates in the November general election.
Other politicians argued that the entire primary would be picked up and held at another date.
An incredible Schatz pointed out that there were still trucks with ballots inside parked at the commission headquarters while they were talking there.
“The question is, why haven̵7;t they come out?” He said.
A commission spokeswoman said officials were not immediately available for comment.
To complicate matters further, Edgardo Román, president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, told The Associated Press that it is unclear what alternatives are legally viable because the island’s electoral law is unclear.
“He doesn’t contemplate this scenario,” he said.
Hundreds of frustrated voters wearing the necessary face masks and pushing a spike in COVID-19 cases were removed from centers across Puerto Rico as officials told them there were no ballots.
The situation infuriated voters and politicians from all walks of life, as they blamed Puerto Rico’s election commission and demanded an explanation for the ballots that only reached a handful of polling stations in the afternoon.
“This is unworthy, abusive and an attempt against our country’s democracy,” said Marcos Cruz, mayor of the northern city of Vega Baja, who was still awaiting votes.
Meanwhile, officials from the island’s two main parties set out to find solutions, while urging voters to still show up at the centers that remained open.
Yadira Pizarro, a 44-year-old teacher, ran out of patience at an open polling station in Carolina where she had waited more than four hours under a blazing sun.
“I can’t believe it. This is serious negligence,” he said.
One of the most watched races on Sunday is that of the New Progressive Progressive Party, which brings together two candidates who served as replacement rulers after last year’s political riots. Vázquez faces Pierluisi, who represented Puerto Rico in Congress from 2009 to 2017.
Pierluisi briefly occupied the governor after Governor Ricardo Rosselló resigned in August 2019 after widespread street protests over a brazen and leaked talk by the government. But the Puerto Rican Supreme Court ruled that Vázquez, then the secretary of justice, was constitutionally on his side because there was no secretary of state.
Meanwhile, the main opposition Democratic People’s Party, which supports Puerto Rico’s current political status as a U.S. territory, holds primaries for the first time in its 82-year history. Three people are betting on becoming governors: San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, known for her public spots with U.S. President Donald Trump after the devastation of Hurricane Maria; Senator Eduardo Bhatia, of Puerto Rico; and Carlos Delgado, mayor of the coastal city of Isabela.