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Mar 8, 2012

Mixed slate for Belmopan City Council

Simeon Lopez

The results of the municipals are a mixed bag. For the Belmopan City Council, it went down to the wire with results being announced shortly after six o’clock this morning. With a high number of split votes and three full city council slates of the VIP, U.D.P., and P.U.P., along with five mayoral hopefuls, it was a close one to call. But after the tallying, the U.D.P. lead by incumbent Simeon Lopez and four of his councilors, claimed majority. Making it on the slate, are two P.U.P. councilor candidates. For the two term mayor, it was a close call that went down to the last box. The incumbent says that VIP’s Paul Morgan did cause a dent in his expected total. In an interview with Lopez, he told News Five that he is grateful for the support but anticipates more support from central government.

Simeon Lopez, Belmopan U.D.P. Mayor-Elect

“Oooh I can say elation. I am just tired and I wasn’t that anxious until a few hours ago when the counting was on. We were behind but I must thank the people of the central Belmopan area because you know they put Belmopan into West, East, Central and North. I must thank the people of central Belmopan, mien those people; those central ballot boxes brought me home. I lost two councilors in the process. We did get a mix slate; two other P.U.P. councilors got on but it’s a feeling of elation now and relief as well. I am looking forward to the next three years and I know even though nationally and I don’t know how it went for the municipals but I know it certainly was a tight one. My hope is that the Prime Minister and our area representative would be able to assist me and give us some more assistance to work in Belmopan. We cannot afford to lose this city again to any other party. I must say congratulations to the VIP candidate, Paul Morgan. He did splendidly. He got about 1200 votes or just over 1200 votes as well from the Belmopan north section, nuh. Looking back at it, we are saying well, he did affect ours a lot but he did well. We can’t blame anybody. This is a democracy and I am glad that he took part in it. We in Belmopan, the party- the U.D.P. and the government now needs to put some effort into Belmopan to assist the Belmopan City Council.”

A total of five thousand, five hundred and ninety-three votes were cast in the municipal elections. Of those votes, for the U.D.P., Simeon Lopez garnered two thousand and eighteen beating out VIP’s Paul Morgan and P.U.P.’s Jorge Flores along with two other independent candidates.


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6 Responses for “Mixed slate for Belmopan City Council”

  1. BillQ says:

    A young man said he lost $36,000 in a bet that pup would win. However he did not loose. The pup lost 5 seats , Belmopan city council, San Ignacio town council all because of the registering of recent new belizeans, and some village voters in areas they don’t live, using false addresses or vague addresses. Montero, John and Penner lost. I say get back your money.

    Mr. Gegg and Mrs Yasmin you were right!

  2. Bmp man says:

    LOL!

    Bill Q – if these guys were doing the registering dont you think they would have won by a bigger margin???

    Lets be gracious in defeat and look at the bright side of things…

    The people has spoken – lets respect the decision and work together for an even better Belmopan!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Lovebz says:

    I agree with Bill, That is why they were able to register these people, because they were the ones doing it! It was Esquivel who made the law that you could only vote in the area you live. In fact they went further to state that you would be penalized with jail sentence if you told lies. I don’t see anyone going to jail now. And when the busses pulled up with more than 500 voters in red, John even boasted there were more to come. Where is the honesty in all this? Should we turn a blind eye when wrong is being done by the people we entrust to govern us?

    Remember the last minute land give away four years ago, well this government said it was bad then. What made it correct this time around? Ooooops, they weren’t wearing blue this time, and that made it right. Lol

  4. Skye says:

    Bmp man you sound just like a jack a** and as arrogant as king dean. You all who voted for udp are bunch of idiots. udp are a bunch of kruffy with no class….

    we need to overthrow the king(dean) of the country…

  5. Gods will be done says:

    …they did cheat! if it had been a clean and straight off election as democratic as they said it would be then we would all be happy…theres no wrong in losing but sure its nasty and twisted as they played it off…how can they chant victory when they cheated???? please…whats wrong w these ppl?

  6. Gay Smith says:

    My favorite taecher from BCS MR LOPEZ.

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