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Jul 30, 1998

Rematch of “one vote” election in Collet

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They have both held ministerial portfolios in respective governments and in the 1993 general election the margin of victory was only one vote. Tonight, in the continuing series “Elections ’98″ we focus on the contest in Collet.

Remijio Montejo, P.U.P., Collet

“For the P.U.P. and myself the issue is to improve the standard of living of the people in this area, especially in the extensions; it’s terrible. Also I think primarily too, we must deal with jobs. Jobs is a very, very important, I think, issue in this campaign. It’s a matter of bread and butter issue. It’s a matter of getting jobs for our people, man. As you go to their homes you see the little red tag, no light, the water meter isn’t there. They’re sitting home. I think our party must as a priority get this economy going again; we must start back the train, so to speak then.”

Faith Babb, U.D.P., Collet

“Patrick, it’s about trust. Who you can trust to represent the people of Collet division and that will deliver what has been promised. In Collet division the work will continue and the people have received a lot of development under the U.D.P. government under my stewardship. I have met the things that I have promised in the manifesto for Collet division, namely the construction of the day care, the completion of the Gwen Lizarraga High School. In the area of education, putting a lot of children back in school, helping to meet the cost of some of the extra fees and supporting them, all the way up to U.C.B.”

Remijio Montejo

“Over the past five years, even though I was not elected, I have been in the area dealing also with my people and this is factual. She is just coming back to the area now after five years. You see the sign, we have lost faith in Faith.”

Faith Babb

“And also about creating some jobs for our young people and we did that by training our young people to become employable because that was one of the ingredients lacking so that our young people in the Collet division were left out of development because the former area representative was so uncaring. He entered politics as a garment constructor and ended up being a contractor. He abandoned the needs of the people there and when I got into office I had to take up the slack and I did that without fear and favor. I helped everyone that needed help and I will continue to do that service to them.”

Remijio Montejo

“Over the past five years, even though I was not elected, I have been in the area dealing also with my people and this is factual. She is just coming back to the area now after five years. You see the sign, we have lost faith in Faith.”

Q: “So you’re confident that this time around, you’ve got what it takes to overcome Faith Babb?”

Remijio Montejo

“Brother, we won the last election. If I had gotten my day in court the result would be different now.”

Q: “You won the last election by a mere one vote. Do you think you will improve your chances this time around?”

Faith Babb

“It’s all about trust and I am certain the people of Collet division will keep Faith in Collet.”

Q: “So we’ll see you in Belmopan next month?”

Faith Babb

“I will climb those steps one more time Patrick, representing the people of Collet division because I am proud to be the representative. I am so thankful for them to have given me the opportunity and I’m certain they will send me back there again.”

On tomorrow’s newscast we’ll hear Cayo Central candidates Dito Juan and Dan Silva.

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