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Oct 8, 2015

Belize Progressive Party Introduces New Candidates

The Belize Progressive Party is inching toward forming a national slate for the general elections on November fourth. BPP last week announced its formation and named eleven candidates to contest the elections; today it added another group, promising that the movement will be able to field remaining candidates in the days to come. News Five’s Isani Cayetano was at the BIM where the new aspiring politicians were introduced.

 

Elizabeth Dena, BPP Candidate, Freetown

“I am tired of talking and I am tired of hearing our people talk.  Da time fi walk, da time fi progress so ah di ask my people in the Freetown Division that you stand with me, not for me but for we, all ah we because da time fi progress.  Wi deh da di bottom ah di barrel too long.”

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The addition of new candidates, including Elizabeth Dena, to BPP’s growing slate of aspirants comes one week after the party formally introduced itself to the electorate.  With more representation in various constituencies, the newly formed organization continues to prepare itself for the upcoming general elections.  Dena is among a few women who have joined BPP’s cause.

 

Elizabeth Dena

Elizabeth Dena

“It is an honor to be alive this day, today.  I, Elizabeth Dena, hereby declare my candidacy for the Freetown Division.  Born and raised, 50 Cran Street, 52 Cran Street, two grandmothers, two different addresses, same street…  And I commit to serve without fear and favor and will disclose my income, assets and liabilities in accordance with the prevention of corruption act.  That is my stand.”

 

Equally offering himself is Doctor Jose Luis Uk Espat.  He is contesting the Albert Division where newcomers Tracey Panton and Paul Thompson are both running for the United Democratic Party and the People’s United Party, respectively.

 

Jose Luis Uk Espat

Jose Luis Uk Espat, BPP Candidate, Albert

“I, myself, have been in the system and I have been a part of political unfairness.  I have been labeled.  I have received injustice and today I put myself to you, my constituency, my country, my people.  It is enough, enough, enough of being treated in a way that no one should.  We need to make a stand so I come to you and I ask you, give me a chance, give you a chance, give all of us Belize a chance.  We need to bring this health system up from where it’s at.  How? With the fear of God first, God’s will, honesty, humility which is very important.”

 

Milton Palacio

Milton Palacio, BPP Candidate, Stann Creek West

“As a teacher, it has been eight years, eight years have passed and nothing has been done in Stann Creek West.  That’s one of the biggest, biggest constituencies.  If I, Milton Palacio, have been elected to serve my people I would try to make a difference and we also need to make splits so that we can reach out to all the twenty-seven different villages in Stann Creek West.  With that, I humbly serve my people and on November fourth, I will ask them to use the pencil, let the pencil speak and make a difference. Vote for me.”

 

As it stands, the Belize Progressive Party is fielding twenty-three candidates, up from eleven on October first.

 

Robert Lopez

Robert Lopez, National Campaign Manager, BPP

“On our list right now there’s twenty-three.  Charles and I were up at 5:30 this morning at our national headquarters in Belmopan preparing our agendas and getting everything ready and the phone rings and it is our candidate, another candidate from Orange Walk and he said, “Mr. Lopez, I have patients waiting for me and I am unable to attend.”  We have another medical doctor and I think the health system is in such an array that you’re gonna need a Minister of State in the Ministry of Health because as you rightly said Dr. Espat, some of our hospitals need to be bulldozed down and we need to start over.  We need to start over.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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4 Responses for “Belize Progressive Party Introduces New Candidates”

  1. Elgin Martinez says:

    I guess some of the the Belizean people are waking up.Tiered of all the corruption. However most Belizean don’t have independent thought as a result most of them will still vote for either UDP or PUP oppose to giving this new party a chance.

  2. Marie says:

    My people, you need to get past UDP/PUP. There are people out there that are ready to invest in your needs, not their personal gain PUP/UDP. Give BPP a chance. The $200 they will give to buy your vote is not worth it.

  3. Disappointed at GOB says:

    If we all start thinking this way….we will eventually make a difference… a new party gives hope.

  4. Al says:

    Just the fact that we’re actually having the best third party ever, shows progress. No need to worry about others. Just do what is in your control and vote. I dont’ know if they have a mesopotamia rep as yet, but if they don’t, I hope they have one soon. Time to give new bloods a chance.

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