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Uncertain primary election results in Puerto Rico

San Juan, June 7 (Prensa Latina) The president of the State Election Commission (CEE) of Puerto Rico, Jessika Padilla Rivera, announced today that the results of the primaries are in check after inconsistencies when closing the polling stations.

The electoral process held last Sunday for the New Progressive (PNP) and Popular Democratic (PPD) parties to choose their candidates for governor, among others, showed inconsistency between the results of the counting machines and the transmission of the count.

Padilla Rivera explained this Thursday to Juan Cerati, from the company Dominion, confirmed a situation with the export file that takes the results to REyDI (Receipt and Disclosure of Results), because of inconsistencies with that result.

“We ask Dominion, as they are responsible, to provide a detailed, in-depth report on what happened in the export of results,” said the president of the EEC.

There are races in which no candidate obtained votes, the official argued, blaming the errors on the programming of the machines when exporting the results made by the Canadian corporation, owner of the counting machines, for which they have a 40 million dollars contract.

The situation is such that in 121 cases where the total number of votes reported was zero, of which 91 corresponded to PNP polling stations and 30 to the PPD, for which the company was requested to issue a report on all the results.

In addition, PRITS (Puerto Rico Innovation and Technology Service) was ordered to assist in the investigation to find out “exactly the error.”

The Puerto Rican ruler, Pedro R. Pierluisi, who was seeking re-election on the PNP ticket, was defeated by the resident commissioner in Washington, Jenniffer González Colón.

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