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Jun 16, 2015

P.U.P. Will Contest Dangriga Bye-Election

Francis Fonseca

In political news…The People’s United Party decided over the weekend to contest the bye-election set for July eighth in Dangriga. Last week, the party met and coming out of that meeting, multiple sources revealed that the P.U.P. was considering the unprecedented – sitting out the election. That revelation raised a storm of protest from the party faithful across the country and over the weekend P.U.P. Leader, Francis Fonseca, made the decision to contest the election in that Southern constituency. Today, he told News Five via phone that there was never any decision to not fight. He claims that was only misinformation and maybe a little bit of something else.

 

Via Phone: Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

“I believe…and also mischief. We had a discussion last week Tuesday. As you know we had a joint meeting of the Executive and Standard Bearers and at that meeting we did indeed have a robust discussion about what strategy to employ as it relates to the Dangriga bye-election. But the only decision taken at that meeting was for us to put together an assessment team which would carry out an assessment of the whole situation in Dangriga between Wednesday and Friday, and then after that a recommendation would be made to me as to how we proceed. They reported to me on Saturday morning and I made a decision that we would activate our entire campaign team and proceed with the bye-election. So that was done and on Sunday I was in Dangriga when we actually launched the campaign at the Party Hall in Dangriga. Our candidate has been in there for three weeks and our Party base is energized. They know him well. The challenge is for him to get out and for others to know him in the community. He is a well known educator. The good thing is that our Party supporters, the campaign team in Dangriga, their spirits are high. Given all that has happened over the past weeks it would have been very easy for them to be hanging their heads, but they are in fact in very good spirits and they are in a fighting mood. And I think that is good. As we go into the streets and meet the people they are being well received but obviously we have three weeks to go in the campaign and they will continue to work hard. And of course as we expected the entire Petrocaribe machine has already rolled into Dangriga and the big spending of money has already started on the part of the U.D.P., but our people are in good spirits and that is what is important.”

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1 Response for “P.U.P. Will Contest Dangriga Bye-Election”

  1. carlos says:

    There was no need to have reached to this but due to some in the party to side off Mr Ivan and put the persons the leader of the party wants it came to this situation. The party leader should see how much damage Julius Espat has done to this party. Why he no remove him and put a better sensible person to run in Cayo South? This would be a good decision and good for the party.

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