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Feb 1, 2018

P.M. Bullish on Prospects in Municipal Elections

Dean Barrow

The United Democratic Party currently controls sixty-two of the sixty-seven seats on municipal councils countrywide. Since 2006, it has never gone below a two-thirds majority of such seats. But, might voter fatigue be setting in as the municipalities go to the polls again in a month’s time? Prime Minister Dean Barrow appeared exceedingly confident of a repeat success, even to the point of dreaming of complete control of all municipal councils ten years into his administration. But he tried valiantly to avoid such arrogance in speaking with the press following the launch of the Belize City Council slate’s manifesto at party headquarters.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“If I were to say we can hold on to all we have and we can increase the number, you would accuse me of perhaps being arrogant; you would accuse the party and the government of being arrogant, so I will not say that. I will not concede either though that what you referred to as voter fatigue in the questions you earlier asked during the period when the media was in fact talking to our mayoral aspirant and our candidates – I will not acknowledge that voter fatigue, which undoubtedly has to be a factor, is the kind of factor that can actually displace the good that the U.D.P. is able to capitalize on in consequence of what I truly believe and what the objective evidence confirms, is an absolutely stellar record. Belize City – since that is what we are about this morning – there is no doubt that substantial, unprecedented transformation has taken place. And while I am not out there on the campaign trail, I have no reason to doubt the reports I consistently get, that people, the public, the voters, make this point to our candidates as they are campaigning: everything isn’t perfect; it’s not that all is completely well. but they, the voters, tell our candidates that there can be no gainsaying that record, and that record is such that in fact the United Democratic Party deserves to be re-elected. I think to a greater or lesser degree, that is the case countrywide. And so I feel we are able to replicate the previous performance or at any rate, not fall very short of it.”

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