Mixed slate for Belmopan City Council
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.