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Jul 8, 2015

Live from Dangriga Bye-Elections 2015

Mike Rudon & Isani Cayetano

The ballot boxes from six polling stations have arrive at the Father Phillip Marin Parish Hall in Dangriga where counting is about to get underway to determine the new area representative for the Dangriga constituency. Mike Rudon and Isani Cayetano are on the ground and have a live report.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

“Good evening Belize since the last update at five o’clock, we have changed locations—Mike and myself. We are now coming to you guys live from the Sacred Heart Parish grounds. This is the counting station where boxes that came in from six respective polling stations are presently being counted and this is the most anticipated time of day Mike for the supporters of the various candidates who are vying for this particular election, the constituency of Dangriga.”

 

Mike Rudon, Reporting

“Isani, I was particularly surprised by the speed with which the boxes arrived from the different polling areas. I know where I was based at Holy Ghost, within an hour, forty-five minutes; the boxes had been sealed and moved out. So I am being told that this won’t be a long a night as we’ve expected. We should hear something within the next couple hours.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“There was also some expedition, if I may, from Sarawee and Hope Creek in terms of the boxes being brought here for reconciliation, while yours took about a half an hour or so to be over and done with and brought to the Parish Hall. The boxes that came in from Sarawee and Hope Creek got here a bit earlier than that; I guess because that had to deal with the number of voters who participated and those that are registered to those specific polling stations. So in terms of the overall numbers and the figures and what have you, based on the entire process since seven o’clock this morning. Those numbers Mike…”

 

Mike Rudon

“Yeah, we have gotten then final numbers from the returning officer. You are looking at six o’clock, it was three thousand seven hundred and forty-three voters; that works out as I understand it to fifty-nine point six-four percent, which is just as we’ve been saying all day…par for the course, in Dangriga, you always look at a turnout of about sixty percent; it doesn’t go much beyond that. They had said earlier that it would be low and they had thought it would be lower than that, but in the end it came up to almost sixty percent.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“We had eight spoiled ballots as well. When we look at the overall pace that took place…there was that loll at one o’clock that we spoke about and then at five o’clock there was that surge of voters coming in at the last minute. That was all the way until six o’clock from Holy Ghost particularly where we were. And this evening, things came to life in a unique way Mike, in terms of seeing the stalwarts of both parties hustling the voters at the last minute. You saw Briceño, you saw “Yellow” from the U.D.P., you saw “Pulu;” all these guys attempting to walk in with the last minute voters in a last minute effort to convince them on who to vote for.”

 

Mike Rudon

“Isani, I think what happens is…you know I covered the bye-election in Cayo North and it was a completely different election—the entire atmosphere, the scenery, the aesthetics, everything was different. In that election, the U.D.P. outnumbered the P.U.P. in everywhere—in terms of support, in terms of people going in for votes. What happened at this election is that the P.U.P. was able to mobilize; they were able to galvanized their supporters, to get people together—their standard bearers and their area reps from across the country—and they were all out here and they were fighting.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“And it is fairly short notice Mike.”

 

Mike Rudon

“It was fairly short notice because there was one week in which the P.U.P. wasn’t sure that they would contest the bye-election and they had a showing. At this point that’s all we can say because we don’t know what the final numbers will be, but they did have a showing.”

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