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Feb 8, 2018

Protest in Cayo Against the Alleged Padding of the Voters List

A protest was held today in front of the Elections and Boundaries offices in Santa Elena. Supporters, as well as candidate councillors of the People’s United Party, came out to decry what they allege, is the padding of the voter’s list in the western municipalities. In the Twin Towns, the P.U.P. has been out of office for fifteen years so that every vote counts.  The P.U.P. has been challenging a list of thirty-three new electors who appeared on the voters list. They claim that these persons ought to be struck off the list since they do not reside in either town. The party further states that they have information to verify that the new voters are residents from the villages of San Antonio and Georgeville. When they appeared in the Magistrate’s Court, however, the court decided otherwise. While in the west today, we spoke to P.U.P. Mayoral Candidate Marconi Matus.

 

Marconi Matus

Marconi Matus, P.U.P. Mayoral Candidate, San Ignacio/Santa Elena

“The magistrate called on three names from Georgeville and they called a lady by the surname of Arnold and then Mister Ifield, her husband, and then Mister Lopez that lives two and a half miles from Georgeville on Pine Ridge Road. Well we started, we felt very comfortable that the objection will be granted to us. But when somebody murmured and said that the Magistrate is a Magistrate Ford from Belize City and she just came to do this particular case, the thirty-three objections. Well we continued; we were in court when our evidence—we had people testifying that Mister Ifield, but people know him as Mister Cotton from Georgeville—went and testified. Our lawyers were there and they said that they lived in Santa Elena. When our lawyer went up, Mister Saldivar, he cross-questioned Mister Cotton, Miss Arnold and Mister Lopez. And one of the incidents that happened in court was that they asked Mister’s Cotton’s common-law-wife, Miss Arnold. The Magistrate asked where do you live and Miss Arnold was saying that she lives in Jeopardy Street. Mister Alberto August was present and he was murmuring to the witness and said it is not Jeopardy; it’s Jupiter [Street].” We went to the houses where these people live and the houses where they put them in Santa Elena and we got photographs of all the people, we had evidence, we had witnesses of people living nearby. When we found out we lost, we said alright, Monday is another day. They called a next three people and we lost again. We had all the evidence and we lost.”

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