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Jan 11, 2016

Patrick Andrews Says His Delegates Can Vote for Any Leader Candidate

One constituency which is always volatile even at the best of times is Belmopan. These are not the best of times, and early on in the convention race there was controversy over the delegate lists. Reports are that standard bearer Patrick Andrews has been manipulating the delegate list to ensure that all persons on that list will vote for his candidate of choice, Fonseca. The complaint is that long-time P.U.P. stalwarts in that division are being pushed out and replaced. Andrews told us that while he openly supports Fonseca; his delegates are not required to do the same.

 

Patrick Andrews, P.U.P. Standard Bearer, Belmopan

“This is politics and there’s three individuals running and everybody would want to dictate who goes on the list, but this is done by constituency and I am happy that I think we did as best as we could to try and facilitate people from all different aspects and points of view. People who might support Francis, people who support Johnny or Cordel; and I can guarantee there are people on our list that will vote for all three candidates on the thirty-first.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, the way you are handling this entire process in Belmopan…you are not telling these hundred and eleven people well yo know what, vote for Francis because that dah the person…”

 

Patrick Andrews

Patrick Andrews

“No, no, no. I am supporting Francis Fonseca and I have said it publicly and to the media. And so I can’t tell people how to vote, but I can encourage and ask them because I believe in honourable Francis Fonseca. I believe he is right to continue leading this party and as a Belizean and as a P.U.P., I have that responsibility and freedom to do so.”

 

Reporter

“Going back to social media, there’s been a lot of attacks, particularly attacks on personality, personal lives; things that basically I think is unnecessary and dividing the party even more by attacking leadership candidates. How would you respond or how would you tell the P.U.P. supporters in regards to those comments?”

 

Patrick Andrews

“No, no…it is sad. It is sad that we’ve had that and I tried to discourage that. While I might prefer Francis to win and he doesn’t win, as P.U.P.s we have to be prepared to support whoever wins. And so I would ask that we cease and desist from the personal attacks because we are a P.U.P. family and at the end of the day, we don’t know who might win. I am hoping that Francis wins, but if he doesn’t win then we will have to move on as a party. So it is sad; I’ve seen some of it and I try to stay far from it and encourage also our supporters that I can to please not be engaged in that type of social media.”

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