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Dec 6, 2017

B.P.P. Preparing Municipal Candidates in City, P.G.; Protest Lack of Re-Registration

Paco Smith

The Belize Progressive Party hosted a press conference this morning at its headquarters on Vernon Street to discuss a number of national issues, including its position on the much talked about UHS debt.  In the bizarre press conference, the B.P.P. took square aim at the prime minister and his predecessor for putting taxpayers at risk with the unpaid Belize Bank loan.  We will reserve some of their extreme comments; however, we can report tonight that the nascent third party is preparing a slate of councilor candidates to contest the March 2018 municipal elections in Belize City and Punta Gorda.  While the B.P.P. is doing its groundwork ahead of the upcoming vote, it is doing so in protest since there has not been a re-registration exercise in over a decade.


Paco Smith, Chairman, Belize Progressive Party

“I just want to give you a brief update with regards to the upcoming municipal elections.  Here at the B.P.P. we have made it absolutely clear that every time the bell rings we will be on the ticket.  So in regards to the upcoming elections, at this juncture we are making an appeal to likeminded Belizeans who are very much interested in seeing a change in this tyrannical system of governance to reach out to us.  We’re leaving no stones unturned in terms of where we stand at present.  We are definitely committed to fielding slates in Belize City and Punta Gorda, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not looking at the other municipalities as well because we know that there are Belizeans out there who are fed up with this system and they just need the impetus to know that there is a structure in place that is ready and willing to step forward.  Now along those lines, I want to underscore what I am saying and make it absolutely clear that despite the fact that we are going to contest the municipal elections, we are doing it under protest.  Amidst all of the madness that has been taking place over the past few months, I would dare to remind you all that still yet the government has failed to engage in a re-registration exercise, a much needed one and if you’ve been keeping track, we have a decades-old voters list that is archaic, out of date and quite frankly if you’re talking about putting things in place with respect to good governance practice and principles, that must be done.”


Deputy Political Leader Wil Maheia is organizing the slate of councilor candidates in Punta Gorda.

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