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Jun 22, 2020

Cpl. Eldon Arzu Challenges Police Association Election Process

This afternoon, the newly elected executive of the Belize Police Association was officially sworn in by the Commander of Welfare and Sports, Superintendent Calvert Flowers. The association is now being headed by President Sergeant Jane Usher and Vice President Sergeant Jermaine Hyde. Usher’s slated bested the former’s president slate Eldon Arzu last week by a landslide.  Arzu, however, is not giving up the fight; he is taking the matter to the court.  Arzu has applied for judicial review on the grounds that the election process was illegal. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that Arzu has no basis for his challenge.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“I guess it is just the way that he is. He will never going to stop. He even wants to set aside the will of the majority of the officers who voted in that election including himself because he voted too but as is normal we will defend the application. We believe that the election process was legal and his application will have no basis in law. But it is his right to challenge whatever. Anybody could challenge whatever before a court. The question is what the outcome is going to be and so we will be moving forward with what the lower ranks of the department have determined. The overwhelming elected the slate which was led by Sergeant Hyde and Jane Usher over that of Mister Arzu’s slate. That is the will of the officers and we just respect that and I am sure that at the end of the day the court is going to rule that the process was good and the officers were duly and rightly elected. You will recall that one day before the election Mister Arzu through his attorney put out a statement basically endorsing the election. Why will it be now that after the elections he lost that he is going to want to challenge the process. If he were victorious I am sure he will not challenge the process. So at the end of the day we will see what the court has to say.”


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