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Nov 5, 2015

Hugo Patt Retains Corozal North Seat

Hugo Patt retained his seat in Corozal North by a margin of four hundred and ninety-three votes ahead of first time runner, David Castillo. On Election Day, the machineries were cranking in the sprawling division which consists of eleven villages.  But Patt who served as minister of state easily won the division for the second time. Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

It was like an Independence Day celebration in November. On Wednesday night, the euphoria was over pouring when the incumbent U.D.P. candidate for Corozal North, Hugo Patt, emerged from the counting station at the Corozal Community College in San Andres as the winner in that division. Hundreds of supporters dressed in their red T-shirts gathered outside the high school’s perimeter fence and as Patt exited, he was greeted with fireworks.

 

Hugo Patt

Hugo Patt, Re-elected Area Rep., Corozal North

“A million thanks to the people of Corozal North. As I indicated earlier, this is not about Hugo Patt; this is about the U.D.P. family here in Corozal North and if it were not for them, today, I wouldn’t be here.”

 

Duane Moody

“Tell us about the team on the ground that helped with making this possible.”

 

Hugo Patt

“Exactly. I never do my work on my own. As I indicated I manage a huge constituency. I am managing eleven villages and part of the town. It’s a huge task and we rely a lot on the people on the ground. And really it is to them that we are able to service our different communities and it has been an effort that we do it all along our villages; all our village councils and committees working together to make this possible. And it is the result of the work that we had done, two years and eight months now and it is the result that gave us the triumph here in Corozal North.”

 

David Castillo

Patt was challenged by the P.U.P.’s David Castillo and Hector Palomo of the Belize Progressive Party.  Earlier in the day, Castillo was confident in his machinery.

 

David Castillo, P.U.P. Candidate, Corozal North

“I’m very confident in the machinery that we have. I can tell you that it is a stronger and bigger machine than 2012 general election so I have all confidence in them that they will do a good job and they will deliver Corozal North back to the People’s United Party. I can tell you that I am very confident that the reception of the voters, the expression that they want change. I campaigned for the past candidate three and half years ago, personally campaigned the constituency. The people are very quiet; they are eager for the change and they know the change is important. This is a very critical and important election—not only for us to win as a party, but for the country of Belize.”

 

Meanwhile, Palomo depended primarily on a change of heart in the electorate, saying that even if he mustered one vote, it would be considered a victory for him.

 

Hector Palomo

Hector Palomo, B.P.P. Candidate, Corozal North

“Some voters don’t want to come out because they say it is the same. If I vote for this party or the other, things will not change. However you have an option—the third party. It’s a tornado, like a hurricane who is getting force. From ten houses I visited that I could, at least seven opened their hearts. My dad is red, my mom is blue, but I am with you and that makes us happen. So it is great for all of us.”

 

Duane Moody

“So you are certain that it is going to come in your favor when that last ballot is counted?”

 

Hector Palomo

“Yes. Even if I have one vote, that will be a victory for me. If I have two, ten, whatever amount; I have done my best. And people who come to vote for us, it’s quality not quantity.”

 

Fulton Palacio

There are six thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven registered voters in Corozal North. A total of five thousand six hundred and thirty-nine votes cast at the four polling stations across the division; that translates to about eighty-two percent of the electorates.

 

Fulton Palacio, Returning Officer, Corozal North

“Representing the green party, Adam Palomo has garnered twenty-eight votes; representing the blue party, Mister David Jesus Castillo garnered two thousand five hundred and sixty votes and representing the red party, Hugo Patt has garnered three thousand fifty-three votes. Based on these numbers, I officially declare Mister Hugo Patt as the new area representative for Corozal North.”

 

And with Patt officially declared the winner of the Corozal North constituency, what can the residents of the division expect of its re-elected area rep.?

 

Hugo Patt

“The best is yet to come. (Cheers)”

 

A total of twenty-five ballots were rejected and five were spoit. Duane Moody for News Five.

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