The Final Tally of DECISION 2012
There were surprise wins and losses in Wednesday’s general elections. In the south, the People’s United Party won handsomely taking all seats in the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts with the stunning defeat of Melvin Hulse and Eden Martinez. In the North, the opposition took five of eight seats, and made significant gains in the west but the City was a sea of red. News Five’s Delahnie Bain has the final tally of DECISION 2012.
Delahnie Bain, Reporting
At the end of a long day of voting followed by a long night of counting on Wednesday, the U.D.P. emerged victorious in the general elections. It was a nail biter as the results flowed in. Taking a look at the numbers, in Belize City it was a clean sweep for the U.D.P., which won in eight of ten constituencies, including Albert and Lake Indepdence; two P.U.P. strongholds that were up for grabs after the resignations of Mark Espat and Cordel Hyde.
In the Albert Division it was a race between two newcomers; Herman Longsworth for the U.D.P. and David Craig for the P.U.P. Longsworth won with one thousand, thirty-four votes; that’s a margin of two hundred and twenty-seven over Craig’s eight hundred and seven votes. Meanwhile in Lake I, it was a three man race between the U.D.P.’s Mark King versus the P.U.P.’s Martin Galvez and Independent candidate, Carlos Diaz. With one thousand, five hundred and forty-four votes, King beat Galvez by one hundred and seventy-two. Galvez got a total of one thousand, three hundred and seventy-two votes while Diaz only received two hundred and twenty-two. Another U.D.P. newcomer, Santino “Santi” Castillo was victorious in Caribbean Shores, winning with two thousand and one votes. He thrashed the P.U.P.’s Dr. David Hoy by a margin of nine hundred and forty-one. Hoy garnered one thousand, three hundred and twenty-five.
The U.D.P. strongholds in the city also delivered on Wednesday. In the Collet Division, Patrick Faber secured his third term as area rep with one thousand, nine hundred and forty-nine votes; that’s eight hundred and eighty-nine more than his P.U.P. opponent, Carolyn Trench-Sandiford’s one thousand and sixty. It was a another U.D.P. blowout in Mesopotamia, where Michael Finnegan won his fifth election. He garnered one thousand, eight hundred and forty-one votes compared to P.U.P. candidate, Philip Palacio’s three hundred and eighty votes. Finnegan again has the best statistical win with a margin of one thousand, four hundred and sixty-one.
The U.D.P.’s Anthony “Boots” Martinez also won comfortably in Port Loyola where he received one thousand, seven hundred and eighty-nine votes, securing a third term in office. The P.U.P.’s Gilroy Usher Senior got nine hundred and ninety votes; he lost by seven hundred and ninety-nine. Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington kept Pickstock on the red team for a second time with one thousand and thirty eight votes, but P.U.P. candidate, Dr. Francis Smith was close behind with nine hundred and fifty six; missing the seat by eighty-two votes. And Dean Barrow secured his seventh term as area representative for Queen Square where he defeated the P.U.P.’s Anthony Sylvestre by one thousand, five hundred and forty-nine votes. The final count is two thousand and thirty-nine votes for Barrow and four hundred and ninety for Sylvestre.
For the P.U.P., Fort George remains a safe seat as Said Musa won for a sixth consecutive term by four hundred and eighty-seven votes. Musa received one thousand, two hundred and two votes while U.D.P. candidate, Dr. George Gough’s got seven hundred and fifteen. P.U.P. party leader Francis Fonseca also retained his seat in Freetown, beating Lee Mark Chang by one hundred and fifty votes. It was one thousand five hundred and fifty-eight for Fonseca and one thousand four hundred and eight for Chang.
Still in the Belize District, the P.U.P. also won a seat in Belize Rural Central, where Dolores Balderamos Garcia triumphed over the incumbent, Michael Hutchinson by garnering two thousand and five votes. Hutchinson received one thousand, eight hundred and one votes.
But it was more red in the rest of the district. In Belize Rural South, Manuel Heredia Junior got two thousand, four hundred and seventy-nine votes to defeat the P.U.P.’s Patty Arceo, who received two thousand and twenty-six. VIP candidate, Roberto “Bobby” Lopez had three hundred and thirty-two votes while independent William Campbell got twenty-four. In Rural North, Edmund “Clear the Land” Castro is in for a second term. He received two thousand, one hundred and three votes, a decisive win over Arthur Saldivar who had one thousand, five hundred and sixty-eight.
Heading out west, Belmopan stayed red with John Saldivar, who had two thousand, seven hundred and seventy-five votes. He beat the P.U.P.’s Dr. Amin Hegar, who got two hundred and fifty-seven. Meanwhile, VIP’s Richard Smith garnered two hundred and thirty votes.
The U.D.P. also took Cayo West where Erwin Contreras won with three thousand, seventy-nine votes. Oscar Sabido, who ran on the blue ticket lost with his one thousand, seven hundred and forty-five votes. In Cayo North East, a mere seventeen votes gave the U.D.P.’s Elvin Penner a second chance. Penner had two thousand, fifty-one votes and the P.U.P.’s Orlando Habet was right on his tail with two thousand, thirty-four. There was also a small margin in Cayo Central where incumbent, Rene Montero beat P.U.P. candidate, Collet Montejo by only forty-four. The final tally was two thousand, five hundred and twenty-two to two thousand, four hundred and seventy-eight respectively.
But the other two U.D.P. incumbents in Cayo were knocked out by P.U.P. first-time candidates. In Cayo North, Joseph Mahmud garnered two thousand, three hundred and eighty-two votes to beat Salvador Fernandez, who had one thousand, nine hundred and eighty-five. Independent candidate, Marcel Bedran, only received a hundred and ninety-one votes. In Cayo South, P.U.P. candidate Julius Espat, took out incumbent, Ramon Witz by a considerable margin of over four hundred. Espat received two thousand, five hundred and sixty-eight votes versus Witz’ two thousand, one hundred and nine.
Moving north, Orange Walk’s four constituencies went three to one in favor of the P.U.P. Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez won Orange Walk East with two thousand, seven hundred and sixty-one votes. His opponent, Orlando “Landy” Burns had two thousand, four hundred and ninety-six. Orange Walk Central stayed blue with John Briceño, who got three thousand and forty-two votes. The U.D.P.’s Denny Gijalva was far behind with two thousand, one hundred and fifty-six. And in Orange Walk South, the P.U.P.’s Jose Mai was declared winner with two thousand, nine hundred sixty-eight votes while Rosendo “Chendo” Urbina lost for the U.D.P. with his two thousand, six hundred and five.
For the U.D.P., Gaspar “Gappy” Vega delivered Orange Walk North. His three thousand, four hundred and five votes gave him with victory over P.U.P. candidate, Jorge Briceño’s two thousand, three hundred and fifty-seven.
Further north in Corozal, two constituencies went blue and two red. Ramiro Ramirez gave Corozal Southwest to the P.U.P. by securing two thousand, one hundred and fifty-three votes. Gabriel Martinez put up a good fight for the U.D.P. with two thousand, one hundred and twenty votes while independent Angel Campus garnered three hundred and eighty-four. Corozal Southeast incumbent, Florencio Marin Jr. earned a second term in the P.U.P. stronghold. He received two thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine while U.D.P. candidate, Raul Rosado got two thousand, five hundred and eighty-seven.
The U.D.P.’s Hugo Patt took Corozal North with two thousand, six hundred and seventy-three votes while P.U.P. candidate, Valdemar Castillo secured two thousand, four hundred and sixty-four. And in Corozal Bay, incumbent Pablo Marin delivered the U.D.P.’s sixteenth seat when his two thousand, three hundred and forty-eight vote victory was announced. His opponent Gregorio “Papas” Garcia lost by one hundred and forty-eight votes with two thousand, one hundred and ninety-two. Independent candidate, Carlos Sawers received a mere fifty votes.
And in the south, all four constituencies went from red to blue. In Stann Creek West, U.D.P. incumbent Melvin Hulse was pushed out of his seat by Rodwell Ferguson, who received three thousand, two hundred and seventy-two votes. Hulse got two thousand, six hundred and ninety-eight while the P.N.P.’s Charles Leslie Junior received one hundred and twenty-seven. Dangriga also went from red to blue when Ivan Ramos garnered two thousand, thirty-six votes, beating out Arthur Roches who got one thousand, six hundred and ninety-nine.
The P.U.P. also won Toledo East, where Mike Espat took on Peter Eden Martinez. Espat received two thousand, four hundred and seventeen votes while Martinez had two thousand, seventy-seven. The P.N.P.’s Wil Maheia got two hundred and eighty-two. And the Toledo West division changed hands as incumbent Juan Coy took a whooping from the P.U.P.’s Oscar Requeña, who won by one thousand three hundred and seven votes. Three thousand, one hundred and sixty-five votes went to Requeña and one thousand, eight hundred and fifty-eight to Juan Coy. The P.N.P.’s Martin Ack received only twenty-nine votes.
At the end of counting, the P.U.P. won fourteen constituencies while the U.D.P. walked away with seventeen seats to form the next government. Delahnie Bain for News Five.