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Jun 17, 2016

P.U.P. Focusing on Next General Elections, Not Village Council’s

John Briceño

Another round of village council elections will be held this weekend in various rural communities across the country.  While the democratic exercise should be free of political influence, a number of slates are being put together along party lines and the campaigns reflect a partisan slant.  Earlier today, P.U.P. Party Leader John Briceño weighed-in on the results of the ongoing elections.  He says that while some candidates are being endorsed by the party, the primary focus is on winning the next general elections.


John Briceño, Party Leader, P.U.P.

“What we have said is that, or at least my position has been that it is unfortunate that village councils are now political.  It should have never been political but it is what it is and we have to try to do what we have to do.  So that we leave that to the local executives to decide what are the villages that they want to go in and want to contest or who is it that they want to support and based on that that’s when we get in to try to give them some help.  But what I can tell you is that when we compare what we are doing now to what we were doing three years ago, we are doing better and we are winning more.  But even where we are losing we are seeing that the margins are being narrowed.  We are closing that margin which is a good sign, because let’s take into consideration that we just had a U.D.P. government elected last year November and we’ve just had about six months or seven months since that election.  So, we know that villagers tend to vote so we are heartened by what we are seeing and that is a good sign for us for the direction that we want to go to get ready to win the next general election.”


To date, forty-three villages have had elections since the process commenced three weeks ago.

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1 Response for “P.U.P. Focusing on Next General Elections, Not Village Council’s”

  1. Steve says:

    Politicians, keep your hands off village council elections. Village councils were once very noble entities. Pity with what’s going on.

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