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May 9, 2011

Conventional wisdom for some party poles

Oscar Sabido

Both political parties held divisional conventions over the weekend. On Sunday May eighth, supporters of the United Democratic Party returned Arturo Roches as the standard bearer of the Dangriga Constituency by a slim margin. The total voter turnout at the UDP convention was one thousand and thirty. Roches received three hundred and fifty seven votes, Anthony Noralez received two hundred and sixty votes and Kenrick Francisco received sixteen votes. Fifteen ballots were spoilt. In the West, Minister Rene Montero was endorsed as the UDP’s representative in Cayo Central. Also in the west, The Opposition Peoples United Party brought out its supporters in Benque Viejo for the Cayo West convention. There were three contenders; Doctor Lesbia Guerra Cocom, Hector ‘Tito’ Pacheco and Oscar Sabido all aspired to represent the blue party.  When the votes were tallied, Pacheco received two hundred and ninety four votes, Guerra Cocom received five hundred and thirty four votes and Sabido topped the polls with five hundred and ninety five votes.  Sabido dropped by our studios today and spoke of his plans for Cayo West.

Oscar Sabido, PUP Cayo West Representative

“There’s been no structured development and no structured economic planning for the Cayo West Division. The infrastructure is very much like thirty-forty years backwards. The streets and drainage in both Benque which is the largest town and in Succotz which is one of the largest villages after Benque, the streets are in deplorable conditions. We are in the 21st Century and these streets are like thirty to forty streets backwards—very stony and very difficult to maneuver. And there are all kinds of modern vehicles now and the tremendous damage done to these vehicles because of the conditions of the streets. Generally government services are very much neglected in my opinion. For example, medical services is an example. We have a clinic that was recently inaugurated, but it does not have an x-ray machine. If someone gets a broken hand or a risk, you cannot find anyway to determine how that bone is to be replaced back so that there is no reason to break the bone after the hand is casted. Overall there is a tremendous neglect in the division and I think that more attention should be given to the needs of the people there. There’s massive neglect in terms of agriculture. There’s a lot of agricultural land in the area and people who have lands don’t have access to their lands because the roads are not maintained. They have to do the filling of the roads themselves with soil and a wheelbarrow and those kind of things. So it is really bad and I would really like to bring about more economic development and growth.”

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13 Responses for “Conventional wisdom for some party poles”

  1. Benque Gal says:

    If Mr. Sabido wins the seat for Cayo West we will definitely be looking forward to him fulfilling those promises and hope he is not just blowing hot air.

  2. carlos says:

    congratulation to the pup supporters for coming out last Sunday. This shows the power of the people. To Dr. Guerrra and Mr. Pacheco also congratulations for bringing out the people. Unfortunately only on person had to win. We are pup and as such we will continue to work together. In fact if any other would have won on Sunday’s convention , we would have supported him/her because we are from the same political party.

  3. dj x says:

    we should have a FBI investigation squad to look after those gold digger minister and take them out @!!!

  4. Jose Guerra says:

    He will keep his promise. the best thing that Cayo West have done is vote for him. he is the best one and will definitely by a hard one to beat come general elections. Mr. Sabido is a man to keep his word. you will see. He is not looking to better himself. He is a man for the people.

  5. Marco says:

    Mr Sabido will never win. That is why UDP sent UDP supporters to vote for him since he does not stand a chance against Minister Erwin.

    People should observe and read between the lines. That is what smart politicians do. Tito would have given a better competition but since he did not splurge money to the people he lost. Tito is the most honorable amongst the three.

  6. MACAL RIVERA says:

    Sabido dah wan weak candidate, nobody could beat Erwin cause he is for us has been for us and will always be our area rep. He is not a Jesus Christ who all the miracles but he is our friend and a good representante.
    SOOOOO Dr Lesbia Guerra made a fool of herself, hmmm. Lets see if she will still walk in support of our youths in our community, see there is really no change, lesbia u are a good doctor but for sure you cannot be a politician, CHILL GYAL, stop make a fool of yourself and mine you turn a EMO.

  7. belizeanpatriot says:

    Only a fool believes that Erwin “is a good representative”. Possibly you are not living the reality of Cayo West or probably you are on Erwin’s payroll. For the past 13 years, can any sane person stand up and point to any progress in Cayo West. there is NONE…oh.. the library.. the PUP commence that project.. the Free Zone… stop your fool…PUP commenced that..
    Have you ever seen mute Erwin stand up in the House and demand the share of the wealth for Cayo West. NOOOOOO! the only time he opens his mouth is when he HAS TO READ the paper prepared for him.. apart from that the man is MUDO.

    Anyway, I congratulate Dr. Lesbia Guerra and Tito who took on the challenge to contest in the PUP convention . Of course I congratulate Mr. Sabido who won. Erwin is now trembling in his pants. We knew ahead of time that Erwin wanted to derail the results against Sabido, but the @&*# burst in his face. Sabido will thrash him good.

    As for Dr. Lesbia, I admire her for being a woman and venturing into politics. she’s brave, man! But she’s still young and am sure she will have her time to be Cayo West representative…believe me.

    And don’t be fooled… there are many, many UDP’s, better say former UDP’s who are very pissed, disgruntled and have lost all confidence in Erwin. I walk the streets and here the complaints of the people. People can’t take it any more with this bad Barrow government and with the set of stooges looking after their won. A huge blue wave is COMING. GET READY TO RUMBLE. BE TRUE… STAY BLUE!

  8. Hugo Rivas says:

    i barely see Erwin in the house of representatives….i always hear about the guy, but, i dont know this dude. I guess people in Cayo, especially in Benque have to start voting more for the issues, not only the personality (although this is important) of a candidate. REMEMBER….Hitler and Jim Jones were both charismatic leaders; and we all saw where that led the world….

  9. dj x says:

    he comes from bakabush !! real ketchi !!

  10. Benque Gal says:

    Min Erwin es very scarce in Benque, plus the streets leading up to the new area straight up from his parents house is in such a deplorable condition, deep drains, horrible to even want to make a small car go up that street. Drainage is such a problem, right on Wyatt Street, you pass by and you turn up your nose, the water is stagnant coming from the neighborhood up on the hill and the people living in front have to deal with a mosquito problem every single day of their lives, especially when it rains.

  11. Tu papa says:

    Dj X

    Duela a quien le duela Hon. Erwin es papa de los PUP pongan a quien pongan.

    Mr. Sabido you don´t kow what a trashing you will be getting. Pls don´t even show up election day……

  12. benque residentCayo west says:

    Lets not be blind and a party fanatic, PUP or UDP both parties are the same. We need neww people with new visions not polititians ready to fill their pockets. Puro ladrones. Erwin has not done a thing for his area lets accept it .Ask yourselves that questions. Just look at Melchor , there you can see progress but Benque is going backwards. It was once a town with its streets paved now it is full of potholes . it is a disgrace. Drainage? don’t even ask you know the answer. Todos los politicos prometen y no cumplen.

  13. Revolution says:

    Forgive my language! All you idiots keep on talking about politicians! Worry about what to come to you all. Think wisely of who you want to vote, this coming elections, for at the end of the day people talk and bs walks.
    Your all talking about politics look at your past and present minister! Take for example Musa sold out almost all the assets of the country-the only thing left for him to do was to prostitute ……………. to make more money for his and all his fellow companions pocket.

    Stop talking about your leaders and put pressure on those big heads, so that progress may come.

    Guess what if the man called Erwin does not talk then-Why! Did you fools elect him. When one of the qualities of a good leader is speaks for the needs and wants of his constituents. Does he do that? Fools! Now you want to elect another idiot who simply wants to !… ) all! Especially his supporters!

    Sometimes you people can be very ignorant to the real world.

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