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Nov 2, 2015

Massive Crowd at Political Rally in the City

Both mass political parties are wrapping up an intensive round of rallies across the country as they head to the polls on November fourth. On Sunday, the P.U.P. held its last in Belize City, featuring Standard Bearers from the city and from the Belize District. For the P.U.P., fighting to get back to Belmopan after the doldrums of more than seven years in Opposition, victory lies in giving power back to the people.

 

Mike Rudon, Reporting

The P.U.P. rally held at the traditional political venue, the Pound Yard Bridge, brought out supporters from the ten constituencies of the city, as well as Belize Rural Central and North. For the supporters, it is a last, galvanizing message from their leaders before elections. For the standard bearers who want to be in Belmopan on November fifth, it is a final chance to persuade the masses that a vote for the P.U.P. is the only way to go.

 

Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson, P.U.P. Candidate, Albert Division

“In this campaign, the P.U.P. has already won the argument – people over concrete…jobs over handouts and action over talk. In the next three days it is time to win the seats. It is time to go for victory – a victory for our children and our grandchildren, a victory for you.”

 

Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa, P.U.P. Candidate, Caribbean Shores

“On Wednesday that power will be stripped from them. The same people that put them there are the same people that will take them out.”

 

Lloyd Jones, P.U.P. Candidate, Belize Rural North

“For eight long years we’ve been in the wilderness, but liberation comes on November fourth and we are going to show them what we’re going to do. We are going to deliver for the People’s United Party.”

 

Lloyd Jones

Yasmin Shoman, P.U.P. Candidate, Collet

“Our people don’t want tacos and beer and bikini contest and pibil…we want jobs, we want houses, we want free education, we want access to decent health care, we want land title, we want our dignity back.”

 

P.U.P. Pickstock candidate Francis Smith lost by only eighty-two votes in 2012, to the U.D.P.’s Wilfred Elrington. With the recent attention on the Belize/Guatemala dispute, a perception that Elrington has lost popularity and the entry of the Belize Political Party into Pickstock, Smith says he will deliver.

 

Francis Smith

Francis Smith, P.U.P. Candidate, Pickstock

“We will do it. Pickstock is on lockdown because Pickstock warriors noh like disrespect. Payback time Sedi…yu done. We noh wah no Guatemala. We noh fool. We noh wah sell out. Pickstock will deliver power to the people.”

 

Lake Independence candidate Cordel Hyde left politics in 2012 and is back to reclaim the seat which the PUP lost to the UDP’s Mark King that year.

 

Cordel Hyde

Cordel Hyde, P.U.P. Candidate, Lake Independence

“They bally weh inna Belmopan noh understand how poor people live. If you have wah video yu hafto show me. But if I had one last dollar I woulda bet Dean Barrow neva walk pon no London bridge yet. Dean Barrow neva gawn inna nobody house yet inna Gungulung, inna Jane Usher Boulevard, Conch Shell Bay, Backatown…da bwoy deh noh gawn noway. He just profile. While he deh live like royalty the ordinary people deh live inna poverty. Da only he win when they win. Da only fu he friends and family win. The ordinary people deh tek lick.”

 

And the man who would be Prime Minister on November fifth says the choice is clear.

 

Francis Fonseca

Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

“When you go to the polls on November fourth, when you go to vote on Wednesday you have a very clear choice. Let’s understand that. The choices are very clear. If you go to the polls on Wednesday and you cast a vote for the United Democratic Party you are voting to say yes to the ICJ. That is what you are doing. You are saying I am going along with Barrow and Sedi to the ICJ. If you vote for the U.D.P. you are saying you want to continue with higher taxes and less jobs because that is what they have delivered for the past eight years.”

 

According to Fonseca, this could be the most important general election since Independence. Mike Rudon for News Five.

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