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Oct 6, 2015

COLA Calls Public Meeting in Pickstock – Says Sedi Must Go

A public meeting organized by COLA is set for Thursday night in Belize City.  The venue, a parking lot adjacent to the Pickstock Hutment on New Road, was once part of its namesake constituency prior to redistricting.  COLA is pulling out all the stops to unseat incumbent area representative Wilfred Elrington, who is also Belize’s foreign minister.  While the organization maintains its neutrality, it has gone on record to demand his removal from office.  In the wake of Elrington’s controversial address before the United Nations General Assembly last Friday, COLA is now seeking his removal as an elected official altogether.  To do so, President Geovanni Brackett is planning an open discussion, which will also serve as a platform to dissuade voters of Pickstock from casting ballots in Elrington’s favor.


Geovanni Brackett, President, COLA

“This morning, Citizens Organized for Liberty Through Action, COLA, we went to the Queen Street Police Station here to get a permit and to sign a bond for a public meeting to be held this Thursday, October eighth.  It will be at 7:30 in the night to hold a public meeting right in the Food & Beverage parking lot next to Smiling Meats.  The purpose, we’ll be calling this public meeting “Our Borders Are Real” Public Meeting.  COLA, in our campaign for building the base and in our No ICJ campaign, has been continuously calling for years now for the removal of former minister Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington from [the Ministry of] Foreign Affairs.  We’ve called for his removal as Foreign Affairs Minister.  The prime minister has refused to adhere to that call, that call has not only come from COLA but that call has actually come from several quarters within the society and from other activist groups.  We believe that the prime minister had a chance to remove ‘Sedi’ Elrington and to put someone else there to restore credibility to that position, however, that was not done.  The position that we are taking here at COLA, as an organization, while we’ve never done this before, we’ve never attempted to endorse, well not endorse a politician, we have come out unanimously to say to choose any option except ‘Sedi’ Elrington for the Pickstock area.”


Isani Cayetano

“The constituents of Pickstock will not be voting necessarily on what has been said and done on the diplomatic platform.  They will be voting based on what Sedi Elrington has accomplished in that area over the past three and half or three years and eight months.  How do you then persuade them not to cast a vote in his favor if they have seen the tangible results of what he has done in the constituency?”


Geovanni Brackett

Geovanni Brackett

“That’s a very good question.  It’s a very difficult task to do such thing because when you’re talking about campaigning to get an area representative out, and this will be a first-time experience for me and I believe for the organization as well; because we never delve into politics.  When election time comes this time we normally allow the people to vote, I mean we have had our say throughout their tenure whether PUP or UDP.  So, it will be a very difficult task but we believe that there is enough reason and rationale behind our campaign that any person who sits just to listen just for a brief second what our position is, I think it’s enough strength for a person to consider whether or not they want to vote in Sedi Elrington.”

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