Until the legal dispute presented by the president of the Senate is resolved, Jose Luis Dalmauthe governor Pedro Pierluisi will not make new appointments for the leadership of the State Election Commission (CEE), which has been headless since July 3, after the resignation of Francisco Rosado Colomer.
“I have never ruled out that (making new appointments). The thing is that this matter is before the court right now, so it is a matter of clarifying the case.”stated the first executive to questions from The new day.
“At the moment, I am awaiting the court’s decision, but I have always remained flexible regarding the situation. The Commission is in good hands. Judge Jessika Padilla is doing an excellent job as alternate president in charge of the Commission,” she added.
On October 22, Dalmau filed a lawsuit in which he argued that the chief executive violated the separation of powers clause by not having submitted a presidential appointment to the electoral body, but Judge Alfonso Martinez Piovanetti dismissed it as premature.
However, Martinez Piovanetti warned that Padilla Rivera’s interim term “cannot be unlimited” and maintained that it should end when someone is nominated to the presidency or until the ordinary session, which ended on November 14, concludes.
Then, on November 22, the senator went before the Supreme Court with a new legal appeal in which he requested that the high judicial forum accept the lawsuit and declare the presidency of the EEC vacant, which was denied last week.
Now, the Court of First Instance of San Juan has a hearing scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, at 9:00 am, to verify whether the preliminary interdict requested by Dalmau is appropriate. The judge in charge is Anthony Cuevas.
The governor also reacted to what was expressed by the alternate president of the CEE, in the sense that the electoral entity does not have the fiscal resources for an orientation campaign for voters, recruiting temporary employees and purchasing the necessary equipment for the primaries and general elections, as modems for electronic counting machines. The request for funds remains in the Office of Management and Budget (OGP)as recognized by the director of this government agency, Juan Carlos Blanco.
In this regard, Pierluisi commented that “The important thing is that (the situation) is addressed and it has priority, from my point of view.”
The first executive made the statements at a press conference at the Office of Innovation and Technology Services (Prits) in which he announced improvements to the permit application process.