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Jan 5, 2015

Francis Fonseca: “We Have To Be Sober and Realistic…”

Francis Fonseca

The results of the bye-election, as Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca also attests, will indicate, in some measure, what will take place at the polls in the March municipals.  In the aftermath, Fonseca says that the party will carefully go over today’s exercise to see where it can further prepare for the elections ahead. 

 

Francis Fonseca, Party Leader, P.U.P.

“I think it’s important, it’s an important election.  You know, all of these elections as we move towards the big general elections, all of these elections are important, you know.  But at the end of the day, you know, we understand that it won’t change the government and I think people understand that.  It won’t change the U.D.P. government but it is an important election, I view it as that, we have treated it in that manner and, you know, at the end of the day we will, after the election is over we will review what has taken place and hopefully learn from it and move on from strength to strength.  So, you know, I think in that regard it’s important but we can’t overstate the importance, we have municipal elections coming up in March which are critically important.  Beyond that we are preparing for the general elections which I think all Belizeans are really waiting for, the general elections when they can come out en masse and get rid of this U.D.P. government. We expected the U.D.P. to come out early in the morning and put off a big show.  Our plan and our strategy was to have our voters, our campaigners vote, get that out of the way.  The first order of business, vote our campaigners and then get out, get out, get out into the area, into the respective zones and bring out their people.  So our people standing around the polling station we want them out bringing out voters, that is what today’s story is all about.  All the talking is over, it’s about execution, it’s about executing your plan and our plan is based strictly on getting out the voters, getting out the voters.  We are under no illusions about matching the U.D.P. with money, putting on any big show.  We have to be sober, realistic and bring out the voters and that’s what are campaigners are committed to do.  That’s what our plan has been focused on for the past few weeks and we believe that we have the better candidate.  I believe we have a better plan that has a better message to the voters and we believe that he has sufficient support and a sufficient support structure that will enable him to bring out the voters today.”

 

The turnout in Cayo North only just exceeded fifty percent at five o’clock.  In previous bye-elections held in Freetown in 1993 and Belmopan in 2003, voter turnout was sixty percent and seventy-three percent, respectively. We’ll have continuous coverage of this by-election throughout the night until the votes are counted. 

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