Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico on Sun­day was forced to par­tially sus­pend vot­ing for primaries marred by a lack of bal­lots as of­fi­cials called on the pres­i­dent of the U.S. ter­ri­tory’s elec­tions com­mis­sion to re­sign.

The primaries for vot­ing cen­ters that had not re­ceived bal­lots by early af­ter­noon are ex­pected to be resched­uled, while vot­ing would con­tinue else­where, the com­mis­sion said.

“I have never seen on Amer­i­can soil some­thing like what has just been done here in Puerto Rico. It’s an em­bar­rass­ment to our govern­ment and our peo­ple,” said Pe­dro Pier­luisi, who is run­ning against Gov. Wanda Vázquez to be­come the nom­i­nee for the pro-state­hood New Pro­gres­sive Party. Mean­while, Vázquez called the sit­u­a­tion “a dis­as­ter” and de­manded the res­ig­na­tion of the pres­i­dent of the elec­tions com­mis­sion.

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