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Nov 9, 2018

The U.D.P. Battle for Freetown: Carla, OJ or Fredy

Carla Barnett

The U.D.P. Convention for standard bearer in Freetown takes place in two days. Three candidates have thrown their hat into the ring: the incumbent caretaker, Doctor Carla Barnett, attorney Orson Elrington and newcomer Fredy Cantillano. The three have been on the ground for months in anticipation of Sunday’s convention.  Barnett has campaigners from Belmopan and the support of Minister John Saldivar.  Elrington has received the support from Barnett’s former campaign manager, Lee Mark Chang who also has oiled his machinery though when he supported Barnett in the last election, they did not secure a win. Elrington is also bolstered by DPM Patrick Faber. Barnett and Elrington, both agree on one thing: they claim they don’t make false promises.


Carla Barnett, Candidate, U.D.P. Convention, Freetown

“The campaign is going. We’ve been house to house in the constituency over the last several months and we are continuing to do so. I’ve had a lot of good conversations with the people of Freetown so we are carrying on. I’ve shared my platform and you can find it online, I say I am not the usual politician. I come from a different background and I realise that. But I am also not somebody who makes a lot of promises, especially promises that I can’t keep. I prefer to help people to help themselves. As I say in the platform, I prefer to lend a hand than to give a handout because I think that people are well able to deal with the issues that they face on a daily basis if they are empowered to do that.”


Orson 'OJ' Elrington

Orson ‘OJ’ Elrington, Candidate, U.D.P. Convention, Freetown

“They don’t want yet another area representative, standard bearer who gives nothing more than false promises and empty hopes. They don’t want another area representative, standard bearer who does nothing more than show up when it is convention or election time. They don’t want another area representative, standard bearer who simply abandons the community. And therefore I think they are ready for real change, they’re ready for new hope, they are ready for someone that offers the necessary energy to serve the people of Freetown.”

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