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Feb 15, 2018

After Convention, P.U.P. Must Make Inroads with Others

The People’s United Party held a massive national convention on Sunday in Belize City, drawing a record number of supporters from the far reaches of the country and all points between.  While the gathering saw representation from all thirty-one constituencies, Cayo South Area Rep Julius Espat was noticeably absent from the main stage.  The deputy party leader says he was late to the rally due to other matters he was attending to in his constituency.  Nonetheless, he has weighed in on the successful outcome of the convention, all while keeping a sober outlook on the challenges ahead for the opposition party.

 

Julius Espat

Julius Espat, Cayo South Area Representative

“Sunday I think was a good showing for the party, but that doesn’t win elections.  That just shows that the party has its base with you.  It is now our responsibility with our policies in place, with our leadership making the correct decisions to be able to inspire people and that’s how you get the other side to be able to join you.  Every political party has their base.  I mean if you look at the last general elections we had between fifty to sixty-odd thousand people supporting us, so the base is there.  How to cross the line is the secret and I don’t think that it is enough, just the base.  The base is always with you and we love them and we will always be there with them, but there also has to be some of us or a portion of the party that is out there convincing the people, the ones that are on the fence supposedly, or the U.D.P.s that are disenfranchised or Belizean people that voted U.D.P. and want a change.  I’ve been seeing that the party has been doing a lot of work.  The structure is different this time around.  The party made the campaign manager a little bit more personalized with the candidates and the campaign manager has been going around putting in campaign committees and so it’s a little different than how I operate but I don’t see a problem with it and so at times it’s good to see how a system works.  So we will find out.”

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