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Feb 13, 2017

2012 Injustice Fuels P.U.P. Demand for Re-Registration

Turning to the latest in the party’s ongoing fight to redeem itself for its unexpected and stupefying loss in the 2012 general elections. The party secured fourteen seats to seventeen for the U.D.P., and came within sixty-one votes of two more that would have given them power: Cayo Northeast, and Cayo Central.  In December, party leader John Briceño alleged in the House of Representatives that a list had been found of two thousand, one hundred and ten names of persons illegally granted Belizean nationality in all thirty-one constituencies, who registered to vote not long after getting their ticket to the Jewel.  Now, the party says it has a confirmed list of those names and in their perusal has already found enough names matched to convince themselves that were it not for voter fraud, the election would have been theirs. Briceño revealed the details in response to a question from News Five. We also spoke afterward with former Cayo Central candidate Collet Montejo, who shared his experience.

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“We got a copy of the two-thousand plus names and we did a quick analysis on that; we have only managed to gone through one thousand, three hundred and seventy-one names so far. But there are two divisions that we want to bring to your attention: in Cayo Northeast, we lost by seventeen votes; of the one thousand, three hundred and seventy-one votes of these people that were naturalized during that short period, that four-month period, we have found out seventy-one names already that voted in that election – in Cayo Northeast, seventy-one, when we lost by seventeen votes. When you look also at Cayo Central, we lost Cayo Central by forty-four votes; of the one thousand, three hundred and seventy-one votes of these people that we have gone through so far, we have found sixty-six of those questionable nationalities are registered and voted in that election. So if those sixty-six persons did not vote, the People’s United Party would have been in Government right now; this is an illegitimate Government. And that is why we are saying along with the Teacher’s Union, that there must be re-registration before any redistricting.”

 

Collet Montejo

Collet Montejo, Former P.U.P. Candidate, Cayo Central

“The activity at the Immigration office was non-stop, late into the night. And an S.I. was passed, I believe January tenth of 2012, because that was the cut-off time for voters to register leading into the election; what they in fact did, was to extend that period to January twentieth and during that time, individuals – on the nineteenth, if I can recall correctly, hundreds of people got their nationalities and they rushed to the Elections and Boundaries Office in San Ignacio – because Cayo Central, Cayo Northeast and Cayo North electoral office was in San Ignacio. We tried our best to prevent it; we tried our best to fight it off. Some of those people ended up going to Benque, to Cayo West office to register, and had their names placed on the Cayo Central voting list. So it was all a collusion, and at the end of the day, myself and Honorable (Orlando) Habet suffered it, and the people of Cayo Central, who voted for a change in their representation suffered, alright? This was major, major election fraud; and now we are finding out, as the Senate Select Committee is indicating, that these guys knew this all along, starting with Godwin Hulse; Elvin Penner; John Saldivar – they knew what was happening! This was well-orchestrated; and when that list is revealed to you guys and it will be in the next few days, you will find out that all across the country, there was not a single constituency where people who did not qualify to receive Belizean nationality, did receive it and were registered to vote in these different constituencies.”

 

A few notes: first, as Montejo said, the party is going over the list and seeking legal recourse from its advisers, including in his own case. Second, in Briceño’s own constituency, Orange Walk Central, a case to challenge one hundred and twenty-five names on the list, one hundred and five of which were confirmed to have voted in the election, was dropped without explanation at court. Third, Montejo says he personally has no plans to return to electoral politics, but he will be a part of oiling the party’s machinery for the coming municipal and general elections.  He is currently Assistant Secretary General at the party’s headquarters.

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1 Response for “2012 Injustice Fuels P.U.P. Demand for Re-Registration”

  1. Truth says:

    I agree however this is should not be on a basis of political gain or intervention rather an interest to streamline and identify the infringements committed by both parties as neither one is innocent.

    This is needed.. just do not make it a political item as it really speaks even worse of both since this was their doing.

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