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Mar 5, 2015

Corozal Returns Hilberto Campos to Town Hall

Official information was hard to come by as counting took place in the northernmost district. Still yet as tallying progressed, the incumbent U.D.P. slate maintained a steady but widening lead over the opposition. Before midnight, the results were announced by the Returning officer. Duane Moody was in Corozal and has the following report.


Mario Tun, Corozal Returning Officer, Election 2015

“Mister Hilberto Campos got a total of two thousand seven hundred and seventy-six votes; Guillermo Arana got a total of two thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven votes. Rafael Castillo got two thousand eight hundred and sixty-six votes; Stacy Armstrong got a total of two thousand seven hundred and sixty-four votes and Estevan Cruz got a total of two thousand seven hundred and ninety four votes. Nicholas Gomez got a total of two thousand eight hundred and three votes and Elva Perez got a total of two thousand eight hundred and four votes.”


Duane Moody, Reporting

…And with that, the incumbent, Mayor Hilberto Campos, and his U.D.P. slate were elected to a new three-year term in Corozal. The results came in just after eleven on Tuesday night. As Campos and his team exited the Methodist Primary School compound, where the counting took place, the cheers from party supporters echoed as they welcomed the victory.


Following the victory motorcade, we had a sit-down with Campos on the significance of his win for a fourth consecutive term as mayor and to add three to the twelve years that the municipality has been governed under a U.D.P. banner.


Hilberto Campos

Hilberto Campos, Newly Elected Mayor, Corozal

“It is very exciting, it is a pleasurable moment, but most importantly, I think it is a great honor for me to be given this opportunity. I think during the counting rooms, even before we entered the counting rooms, we were pretty confident that people were going to send us back to the administration, send us back to town hall to continue running the affairs of Corozal town. I think that that was already history in the making. It simply proves that the people are satisfied with the service that we have been giving them; they have placed tremendous amount of trust with the way I run the administration of Corozal Town and that is extremely great for me. I am humbled, but most importantly I a very honored to be entrusted with this responsibility to be the mayor of this beautiful municipality which is Corozal Town. I do look forward to finishing off these three years with a bang of course and this is going to be even more hard work even harder than before.”


David Vega

But for political pundits, elections are won on the day of the election. And throughout the day, the machineries of both the U.D.P. and the P.U.P. camps were in full gear. With over eight thousand two hundred voters in the municipality, engines were oiled and ready to roll.


David Vega, P.U.P. Mayoral Candidate, Corozal

“It’s very peculiar because a lot of people, nowadays, don’t want you to go and pick them up to come and vote. But what our machinery is to go and remind them to come out and give their support. I can tell you that I have put in my work; I have canvassed the area more than three times and I am confident that the people will come out. But the machinery is there. We have three powerful machineries.”


Mario Tun

Mario Tun

“David Vega got a total of two thousand four hundred and seventy-six votes. Orlando Iglesias got a total of two thousand five hundred and fourteen votes. Estevan Pasos got a total of two thousand five hundred and thirty-seven votes. Zeni Perdomo got a total of two thousand five hundred and seventy-one vote and Mia Rancharan got a total of two thousand four hundred and eighty-two votes. You have Yvette Sanker-Riverol got a total of two thousand five hundred and seventy-four votes. Enrique Vargas got a total of thousand five hundred and fifty votes.”


The presence of law enforcement during events like these is significant in order to maintain order and to quell sporadic outbursts by either sides of the political divide. For Officer Commanding Corozal Police, Superintendent Andrew Ramirez, his team of officers went beyond its call of duty to maintain peace during the elections.


Andrew Ramirez

Andrew Ramirez, O.C., Corozal Police Formation

“Whatever was conducted here in Corozal was what we refer to as the national operational plan. So the success must come from the Commissioner of Police level because he was the one that directs all commanders as to the best way forward and how to maximize with the limited resources.  Personally, I applauded my officers working with us—rank and file—because these guys went beyond the call of duty. Some of them reported off duty and reported at five and they did not complain. So I really believe that they had commitment. Thanks again to the community of Corozal because they had listened to us very keenly. Seventy-five percent of the businesses that sell liquor were closed. So I believe that we had the support both from the community and the police officers.”


A total of thirty ballots were rejected and nine were spoiled. Duane Moody for News Five.


Also in San Pedro, the U.D.P. will be spending another three years in office. Daniel Guerrero was reelected as mayor and along with him a team of six councilors. 

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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