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Puerto Rico to recount votes cast in local primary

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Puerto Rico’s election commission says it will for the first time in history recount thousands of votes cast during the island’s local primary last week following allegations of irregularities.

Commission President Hector Conty said Tuesday that he ordered a recount after Puerto Rico’s two main parties accused each other of fraud and inflating the vote count.

Conty said the commission is in charge of general elections but only serves as a facilitator for the island’s primary. He said both parties are responsible for the voting process but the commission can order a primary recount.

Thousands of Puerto Ricans cast their votes on March 18 to decide which candidates for mayors, senators and representatives would go on to the November general elections.

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