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Jul 9, 2020

Everything’s A Go for Sunday’s U.D.P. Convention

A second leadership convention for the United Democratic Party is scheduled for this Sunday at the ITVET compound here in Belize City where three candidates, Patrick Faber, John Saldivar and Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, are offering themselves for party leader.  Unlike the previous February tenth convention at the Civic, the fanfare, as well as the bells and whistles, will be non-existent.  That’s because the U.D.P. is taking a more low-spirited approach to choosing a new leader ahead of the November 2020 general elections.  While campaigning will be limited to the perimeter of the compound, delegates from across the country will only be allowed to enter, cast their votes and then exit the venue.  But what about John Saldivar’s eligibility?  Is there an ethics committee within the U.D.P. that vets each candidate?  U.D.P. Chairman Mike Peyrefitte says that all is set for Sunday’s showdown.


Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, United Democratic Party

“It will be a far more subdued convention due to the fact that we are still in the middle of a pandemic and we have to make sure that people can exercise their franchise on that day, but most importantly that people are safe.  So it will be much tighter.  I can tell you that the media will not be excited about it because you won’t be able to go in the compound.  The only people allowed in the compound will be the people who are voting and the party officials.  I wish it could have been like a McDonald drive-thru thing where you drive through, you vote and you go.  It will be as close to that as possible.  People who attend, they will come, they will vote and they will leave.  No campaigning inside the grounds, there will not even be any posters or banners inside the grounds.  You go in, you vote and you leave.  All the campaigning and all that stuff will have to be done before and or outside.  We believe that selecting a leader elect for the party going forward is very, very important; however, there are things that are more important than that.  There are things such as making sure that we remain COVID-free internally and that any additional case that we get are cases that are imported, so to speak, so we can manage them. So you want to speak specifically now about Mr. Saldivar.”


Michael Peyrefitte


“Yes, I wanted to ask that question before going into Saldivar.”


Michael Peyrefitte

“No there was nothing, in our view, that prevented him from contesting the leadership.  Whatever is out there then the delegates will decide whether or not that is not significant enough to them for them to vote for him, or significant for them not to vote for him.  That’s their choice.  Based on our investigation so far, no laws were broken.  He wasn’t accused of anything illegal here in Belize.”

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