Meanwhile, Vázquez called the situation “a catastrophe” and asked the president of the election committee to resign.
“They made the people of Puerto Rico, not the candidates, believe they were prepared,” she said. “The opposite is clear today. They lied. “
Her party chairman, Thomas Rivera Schatz, together with the chairman of the prominent main opposition Democratic Party, held a joint press conference and said they agreed the remaining primary elections would be held in August 16, a move that Vázquez said she supported. Both parties are holding primary elections with the winning candidates among the six dominant candidates in the general election in November.
Other politicians argued that the entire preliminary meeting would be scrapped and held another day.
A skeptical Schatz noted that there were still vans with the votes inside parked at the committee headquarters as they talked there.
“The question is, why haven̵7;t they left yet?” he say.
A commission spokesman said the officials were not immediately available to comment.
To complicate things up, Edgardo Román, president of the Puerto Rico Bar Association, told The Associated Press that it’s not clear what alternatives are legally viable as the island’s electoral laws are unclear. clear.
“It doesn’t think of this scenario,” he said.
Hundreds of frustrated voters, who wore masks required, and despite the spike in COVID-19 cases left hubs across Puerto Rico as officials told them there was no votes.
The situation angered voters and politicians of all factions as they blamed Puerto Rico’s electoral committee and demanded an explanation of the ballots reaching only a few voting centers. afternoon.
“This is indignation, abuse and an attempt against our country’s democracy,” said Marcos Cruz, mayor of the northern town of Vega Baja, still awaiting a vote.
Meanwhile, officials from the two main parties of the island scrambled to find a solution as they urged voters to remain in centers that remain open.
Yadira Pizarro, a 44-year-old, impatient teacher at a closed polling center in Carolina, where she waited for more than four hours in the blazing sun.
“I can’t believe this. Here are some serious mistakes,” she said.
One of the most closely watched races on Sunday was that of the pro-state Progressive New Party, which held two candidates for alternate governor after last year’s political turmoil. Vázquez faced Pierluisi, who represented Puerto Rico in Congress from 2009 to 2017.
Pierluisi served as governor shortly after Governor Ricardo Rosselló resigned in August 2019 following widespread street protests over a leaked and corrupt government gossip talk. But the Puerto Rico Supreme Court ruled that Vázquez, then the justice secretary, was next to the constitution because there was no foreign minister.
Meanwhile, the prominent Democratic Party’s main opposition, supporting Puerto Rico’s current political status as a US territory, held the first primary elections in its 82-year history. . The three are vying to become governors – San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, known for public exchanges with US President Donald Trump following the devastation of Hurricane Maria; Senator Puerto Rico. Eduardo Bhatia; and Carlos Delgado, mayor of the northwestern coastal town Isabela.