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Oct 2, 2013

The P.U.P. says either Penner resigns as area rep or there will be a recall

While the Prime Minister spoke to the media at Whitfield Towers the leader of the opposition also spoke to News Five at Independence Hall. For the opposition, Penner, in fact, is suddenly in the spotlight for more than his involvement in the passport scandal. He and his seat are in the Opposition’s cross-hairs as a recall has become more a probability than a possibility. As we said, the U.D.P. maintains only a razor thin margin in the House of Representatives. A recall of Penner and a victory by the Opposition in a subsequent bye-election are certainly prospects Prime Minister Barrow does not wish to entertain. P.U.P. Leader Francis Fonseca today upped the ante by sending Penner what he calls a RESIGN OR BE RECALLED demand letter. Fonseca says that he has given Penner five days to vacate his seat or face recall.


Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

Francis Fonseca

“We in the People’s United Party have been on the ground in his constituency. We have conducted very extensive consultations with every village community in Cayo Northeast and it is absolutely clear to us, abundantly clear to us that Mr. Penner has lost the trust and confidence of the people he represents. So we feel that it is our duty, it is our obligation as the Opposition to call on Mr. Penner to demand that he resign as the member for Cayo Northeast. We have said to him that he should resign immediately no later than Monday, October seventh and we hope that he will do so. From everything that we have heard he seems to understand that he has lost the confidence of the people he represents and we hope that he will put the interests of the people he represents ahead of the interests of his party. If he does that and resigns then obviously the constitutional process will fall into place and there will need to be a bye-election in his area. If he fails to resign and if he continues to protect his party and protect the U.D.P.’s political interests then we have made it very clear that we will initiate the recall process and that immediately following the deadline that we have given to Mr. Penner then we will initiate that process of collecting the signatures…preparing the petition and collecting the signatures and going through the process of formally recalling Mr. Penner. That will require as you know…under the Act it calls for a thirty percent of the registered voters in that division need to sign that petition. That will amount to some eighteen hundred or so people who will need to sign that petition. We believe that will be very easy to achieve.”

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4 Responses for “The P.U.P. says either Penner resigns as area rep or there will be a recall”

  1. recall yesterday says:

    UDP should have been booted when they first broke their promise to stop corruption.

    they are worse than the puppies.

    the constitution needs better measures to stop criminals from destroying the government.

    next time there may not be a country left.

    besides being criminals who should serve time, be thoroughly investigated, and ill gotten goods clawed back; these clowns are major distractions to the business, health and success of Belize.

  2. recall yesterday says:

    sounds timid.
    are there any leaders in BELIZE?

    start the petition.
    PNP get the signatures, PUP is not sure about this.

    please resign criminal, we might start a recall?
    that is it?

    is the list of honest UDP members longer than their criminals?

    please resign….
    how lame.
    you forgot to say “Honorable Penner, for me, I beg you to resign. See, on my knees. please, please, please, I will give you two dukunu if you resign soon”

  3. cayobway says:

    Well we all know how this will work, they will collect all the signatures, and the petitions, then they will take them to the election board. it will all be over soon. Bullshit, remember we still have handwriting expert josephine tamai there, and the head giving honcho alberto august they will reject those signatures, and we will be back to square one.

  4. North east resident says:

    remove that scum bag as of yesterday! he is never ever seen by his constituents. the only time he may appear is election time – that is no type of representative. You will be doing cayo northeast a big favor by removing him. he “won” the last election by paying out people who didn’t even have papers, hurriedly getting citizenship and paying for it- he even said so himself. NOW he is in the big times and suddenly got was not Belize catching him. if it would not have been flagged as an irregularity Belize would not even have known.

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