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Mar 9, 2012

Political Mischief against newly elected Area Rep., Abelardo Mai

Abelardo Mai

Abelardo Mai handsomely won the Orange Walk South division for the P.U.P. on March seventh. But in less than forty-eight hours, many reports, text messages and calls went across the country with one common message that Mai was locked up in a Chetumal jail because of an illegal weapon. The rumors started when the newly elected representative was seen across the border talking to the Mexican authorities. But Mai himself spoke to News Five to clip the wings on the rumors of his imprisonment. We spoke to him safe at home.

Via Phone:  Abelardo Mai, Not in Jail

“The rumor going around about being imprisoned for something in Chetumal; that is nonsense. I went to Chetumal today with my vehicle. There was a problem with my license plates. That during the election night running the box into town there was some collusion and one of the plates fell off. The military told me that I need to have the license plates and I told them I don’t because it fell off. And at the same time, I did not have the right documents for my vehicle with me. So they told me how can you come to Chetumal without license plate and they were very polite and respectful. And I said this can be solved right now. So I called my family back in Orange Walk and in an hour time they had my documents with me. So they told me there was no problem once I provided them with the right documentation and they had no problem with that.”

Jose Sanchez

“So you weren’t actually detained or taken to the station or anything like that? You were just out there at the border.”

Via Phone:  Abelardo Mai

“Absolutely not; none at all.  As a matter of fact, the rumors are saying that I was caught with drugs, unlicensed firearm.  If that would have been the case I would have still been in jail in Chetumal.  But I am here, I am elected and I am going to work for the people of Orange Walk. This is a total political mischief that they are doing here.”

In other news, on Thursday, the People’s United Party announced it was filing three election petitions involving the results in Cayo Northeast where a recount was denied. The P.U.P.’s Orlando Habet came within seventeen votes of Elvin Penner while in Cayo Central Collet Montejo was shy of forty-four votes from victory. The P.U.P. is also challenging the rejection of Yolanda Schakron’s nomination to run in Lake I. This afternoon the P.U.P., VIP and an independent candidate who ran in Belize Rural Central expressed concern about what they claim are irregularities on election day. They allege that ballot books did not follow in number sequence. According to a release signed by Robert “Bobby” Lopez, Patty Arceo, Maria Conchita Flota and Melanie Paz; a tri-partite committee is reviewing the allegations.

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6 Responses for “Political Mischief against newly elected Area Rep., Abelardo Mai”

  1. I Don't Belize it says:

    No recount ? 17 and 44 out of 9000 votes,

    better not recounti them, could cause problems, people might be upset when plans change.

    I guess if these two elections changed, it would be a change in PM.

  2. subKonshus says:

    There were bound to be irregularities with the producing of the ballots because the government did not choose the best printer for the job, they chose the cheapest. In life you get what you pay for. The cheapest may not always be the best. As far as the Financial Orders are concerned, certain Government publications should only be printed by the designated Government Printer e.g all numbered or serial documents – (Cheques, License Plates, License Stickers, receipt books, etc.) The sole purpose being the government printer is also bound by the regulations set out in the Financial Orders in terms of proper accounting and reconciliation. A printer who is not bounded by such regulations cannot be pursued to give account of such alleged irregularities, because the regulations only apply to a Government Printer. That’s the risk this government was willing to take when it chose BRC to print the ballots for this mega election, as opposed to using Print Belize, who up to 7th March, is still the authorized and named Government Printer for Belize.

  3. Shane Casey says:

    I am a young man of 17 years and I am carefully watching and weighing everything that is going down. Politics is nasty, hurtful and from what I see, some of the people engaging in dirty politics go to church regularly. I find it very difficult to comprehend that scenario.

    Printing of Ballots outside Belize????
    Ballot books not following the number sequence????
    Irregularities????
    Requests for recounts denied???? What happens with those ballot boxes???? What if court rules in favour of a recount??? What if there were mistakes and the declared winner is not the winner after all???????? Government done swear in???? What then??????
    Rumor mongering about an elected official????? Don’t care which side.
    We young people want answers. All we ask for is free and fair elections. Let the Belizean people decide who they want to represent them in the House of Representatives. Democracy must reign. Does the above look democratic????

  4. Liberty and Freedom says:

    No matter what is said, all men and women are innocent until proven guilty (unless they can buy their way out of a crime). For those who do not understand politics, the name of the game is to win, the heck with trivial things like moral values. Of course I am being sarcastic. How many thousands of dollars were handed out to buy votes by both sides. That is how politics works all over the world. The big dogs like the United Staes and their cronies, the United nations, send observers to insure that fraud does not take place at the voting places. They should be observing the villages and rallies where the “representatives are handing out $100 bills.

    Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely. Money is power.

  5. Don Donito says:

    Johnny done seh dat da mi wa gun deh find dis man with but that it was sorted out. I understand Mr Tapia from BDF helped in sorting the matter out. Why do we have to lie when Mr Mai has gotten out of trouble. Anyone can forget that they still have theirlicenced gun with them when crossing the border. Mr Mai should just say yes dat happen fi true and everything would be over.

  6. fairplay says:

    hpoe the police reports on Boots Martinez crashing a white sports car Sat morning in front of BEL northern highway. he was wisked away quickly by the first cops on the scene,

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