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Mar 3, 2015

The Pulse of the People On the Eve of Municipal Elections

With the polls scheduled to open in less than twelve hours, the countdown begins as to who will take the sixty-seven seats in the nine municipalities. Today, News Five took to the streets of downtown Belize City to hear from residents if they have already made up their minds on their choice for mayor and councilors for the Old Capital. Interestingly, for most of the residents, issues affecting their communities topped their list as the deciding factor for voting.

 

Duane Moody

“What has guided the decision that you are going to make?”

 

Resident

“Well what has guided my decision is the track record of both political parties. So I already know who I will vote for.”

 

Duane Moody

“Are you voting for issues, political colors? There are different things that people vote for when they do go to the polls.”

 

Resident

“When I vote, I vote for the future of my nation. I noh vote fi party nor for color. I vote for the future of my people.”

 

Resident

“I noh di vote. I can’t vote. I register dah Hattieville so I noh vote here.”

 

Duane Moody

“But if you were, what would you normally vote for?”

 

Resident

“Oh, P.U.P. all the way.”

 

Duane Moody

“Not for issues happening in the city, in your area?”

 

Resident

“P.U.P.”

 

Duane Moody

“Elections are tomorrow. Have you already decided as to who you are going to vote for?”

 

Resident

“Yes, I got my mind red-up.”

 

Duane Moody

“Now what’s making you decide to go red? Is it issues or just party color?”

 

Resident

“Just party color.”

 

Resident

“Bwai right now dehn ministers dehn noh do nothing for me so I noh got nobody fi vote for. I sorry and dehn wah see me. I know dah mi rights, but tell them bring some money.”

 

Duane Moody

“But if you were going to vote, what would you vote for? Political party or issues that’s happening?”

 

Resident

“I would vote for issues weh di happen cause we want better ina fi we country. lotta we di take wah licking out yah and then all the crimes and thing and nobody noh di do nothing about it.”

 

Resident

“I don’t want to vote. I don’t want to vote.”

 

Duane Moody

“If you were going to vote, what would you focus on? Party color, issues?”

 

Resident

“I just want better for the country. it don’t go by red or blue; I just want better for the country.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir have you decided who you are going to vote for this municipal elections?”

 

Resident

“Probably, but I will vote for who my area rep tell me to vote for.”

 

Duane Moody

“So you are not going to be voting for say issues; it’s going to be for party color?”

 

Resident

“Well yo wah follow yo area rep.; most people will do that. So what the area rep tells them to do.”

 

Resident

“Umm, yes I have.”

 

Duane Moody

“What was the factors that made you make that decision? Was it political colors, issues affecting the city, your community?”

 

Resident

“Well it’s mainly based on the issues affecting the community because if you look around in your country, you can see the things that need to be addressed right now, currently in the state. So those are really what gave me the final push as to say do this over than party.”

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1 Response for “The Pulse of the People On the Eve of Municipal Elections”

  1. Mike says:

    Issues regarding how international forces are trying to destroy traditional Belize society by promoting all this so called LBGT stuff is really important. If the foreigners want their societies to recognize all this filth that’s there business but they should leave Belize alone.

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