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Jul 9, 2015

P.U.P. Campaign – Spirited and Unifying Despite Time Constraints

Despite a brief and spirited campaign, the People’s United Party has suffered yet another loss at the polls.  In the wake of a fourth consecutive defeat under the direction of party leader Francis Fonseca, the P.U.P. says it is conducting yet another thorough review of the electoral process.  That post mortem includes the overall campaign effort, the choice of candidate, financial resources, as well as the mobilization of the party’s most influential personalities and stalwarts.  This afternoon, the Leader of the Opposition made himself available solo to the media where he responded to a series of questions concerning the unsatisfactory outcome of the elections which now puts the P.U.P. with a reduced number of seats in the House.  While Fonseca acknowledges defeat, he maintains that the campaign has served to unify the party.  He says the results would be different if they had a longer time to do their groundwork.


Francis Fonseca

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

“Obviously we are disappointed with the loss because we believe Anthony Sabal is such a good candidate and we believe would have made an excellent representative for the people of Dangriga and we believe in the future he will be a representative for the people of Dangriga.  But yes, the answer is yes, we have no choice.  We have no choice but to move forward.  You know we had a national party council meeting last Saturday, July fourth and I think at that meeting the clear message that came from every standard bearer, every representative across the country was one of unity, one of a sense of purpose, a sense of duty and obligation to the Belizean people to change this government. I’ve consistently said that I think the key ingredients to any successful campaign are finding the best possible candidate, a good candidate, having the right message, putting in place an organization to support that candidate and resources, supporting that campaign with resources.  And I think on all those fronts, each of those ingredients we were able to do better in this campaign than we did in the last bye-election in Cayo North, with the greatest respect to everyone involved in the last campaign.  But I think, certainly as we have said and we keep saying, we had an excellent candidate, we really, really are proud of Anthony Sabal, we believe he is a uniquely qualified candidate to represent Dangriga.  We were better organized, certainly.  We were better organized, we learned lessons from the previous elections so we were better organized and we had key individuals come in to play key roles in organizing, helping us to organize that campaign and Sabal and his team were receptive to that which was a challenge in the previous bye-election. The truth is yes, we had more resources available to us in this bye-election and that, clearly, always helps.  It’s never enough but clearly that helps us to be better organized, better able to get your message out, better able to support your candidate.  So I think all of those ingredients contributed to us having a better showing on the ground.”

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