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Jul 25, 2014

P.U.P. has its slate for municipal elections

Francis Fonseca

Municipal elections are set for early next year, and already mass party machinery is cranking up for the election of slates in all municipalities. It doesn’t exactly have the fever of general elections, but it is a big deal, since these elections will be seen as a measuring stick, a barometer of sorts. And so P.U.P. Leader, Francis Fonseca, will have his work cut out for him in putting together slates which can contest a government in its second term. But he says it’s being done, and right on schedule.

 

Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

“Our objective, we’ve stated from the beginning, has been to try to have all of our slates in place by the end of August; that’s our objective. So we are in the last six weeks, last two months, we’ve been in the phase of sitting down, talking to individuals, reaching out to people to try to identify candidates. In several of the municipalities we have several of our slates effectively in place. In Orange Walk, for example, we have for the most part the same team running with a few changes—but certainly the same mayor and I think at least three or four of the councillors will run again. So they are effectively in place. In Punta Gorda that is the same case; in Dangriga, we are finalizing our slate. In San Pedro, they already have their team in place; they will be endorsed early in August. We are finalizing our team in Benque, in San Ignacio; those are underway. In Belmopan, we already have our team. They had a convention two weeks ago so we have our team in Belmopan. And in Corozal we are about to finalise that as well. We may need to have a convention in Corozal to determine the mayoral candidate, but again that is well underway in terms of discussion. And in Belize City, we have done the work identifying candidates and we are hoping that we can agree on a team that can be endorsed in Belize City. So we feel that we are well underway; we are sixty percent there. And we hope, as I said, by the end of August we can complete that work.”

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