The next June 11, 2017 is scheduled to be held the “Plebiscite of Immediate Decolonization” that Governor Ricardo Rosselló approved. This plebiscite has an estimated cost of five million dollars. This consultation has been and continues to be a subject of much controversy. The Federal Justice Department ordered that the status of the island be included after seeing that the options were primarily “statehood” or “independence.” Amendments that were made but we do not yet have a letter of Federal Justice that clearly establishes its endorsement of the amendments made. Guarantee that constitutes the total importance of this plebiscite since it was expected a disbursement of the federal government of 2.5 million dollars for the same and as support for that the people’s claim was enforced.
The New Progressive Party (PNP) insists that the plebiscite is totally legitimate, official and has the backing of the federal government. Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz said it is “common sense” that if the demands made by the Justice Department are met, the plebiscite counts on its support. The Department of Justice once the recent changes were submitted, requested time to the state government to review and evaluate the new design and changes in the ballots. To this day the federal government has not issued any other comment.
This consultation has great political opposition from both the Popular Democratic Party (PPD), the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) and even the opposition of the Soberanist Joint. There is a wide range of oppositions in favor of and against the inclusion of the Commonwealth in the referendum, such as the lack of interest in the United States and the lack of new expressions of the federal government. This opposition has described the plebiscite as “non-binding” like the past 4 referendums held in 1967, 1993, 1998 and 2012. At the same time, it has been proposed to boycott the consultation by urging supporters of its parties not to participate.
In short, we will have a plebiscite next June 11 that is opposed by a large part of the country’s voting sector. Consultation that it has not yet been endorsed by the federal government, which leaves us without its economic contribution and without having its interest in it. An electoral process that analysts predict will not count with 51% of the country’s voters. Same process as to win the “Free Association / Independence” as established in the ballot, a second plebiscite must be held during the month of October to choose between the Free Association or Independence involving an additional expenditure of public funds. So, how real is this query?