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Jun 6, 2016

Police Ramp Up Security at Village Council Elections

Reymundo Reyes

Village Council elections are presently being held across the country and both political parties are fielding slates in the respective rural communities.  While the Village Council Elections are not supposed to be along party lines, they often do. In the southern village of Independence on Sunday, a few hundred residents turned out to vote. Contesting the elections are well known personalities, Tony and Elizabeth Zabaneh, as well as their son Emilio – on the People’s United Party slate. But the prominent Zabaneh family was unsuccessful and the P.U.P. lost its stronghold in that village. In nearby Santa Cruz, the U.D.P. slate also won.  From a law enforcement perspective, the Intermediate Southern Formation of the Belize Police Department has been busy and will remain occupied with keeping the peace for the remainder of the elections.  News Five spoke with Assistant Superintendent Reymundo Reyes earlier today.

 

ASP Reymundo Reyes, O.C., Southern Intermediate Formation

“At this present moment, as we are all aware, we have the village council elections that commenced yesterday and this is countrywide but we have our own tasking here in Independence.  Yesterday we had two villages that the elections were conducted which is here in Independence and the one in Santa Cruz, two big villages.  Both areas were policed and everything went peaceful and the election itself was a process that we never had any hindrance.  People cooperated with the police and abided by the rules set by the elections officer.  So it is something that we have seen and next week we’re having at least five villages and we expect to have the same turnout that the people and the police, along with the Elections and Boundaries officers will work hand in hand to have a safe and quiet election in the area.”

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