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Oct 19, 2020

Subdued Nomination Day, No Bells and Whistles

Nomination Day on October twenty-first will be a subdued affair due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 across the country.  Traditionally, Nomination Day has been one of the biggest attractions for supporters of both major parties as throngs of stalwarts take to the principal streets of cities and towns to cheer on their candidates and show muscle as sign of what is come to come on Election Day.  But the COVID pandemic has changed things and while there is no confirmation if the P.U.P. will hold one, the U.D.P. says that Wednesday will be relatively calm and devoid of the fanfare that has come to be expected.  Despite contemplating a small motorcade in Belize City, newly sworn in U.D.P. Leader Patrick Faber says that preventing the spread of COVID-19 is the most responsible thing for the party to do at a time like this.

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Party Leader, U.D.P.

“It is what is required by the Elections and Boundaries [Department].  As we’ve said, we will do certainly the bare minimum to get our candidates nominated, that is that each of our candidates will present themselves at the nomination station and as you know, whereas in the past, the nominations were done at, in some cases, one center for the district.  On this occasion, I think every constituency has its own nomination station and so our candidates will definitely present themselves there with the six electors to nominate their candidacy and that will be done with very little if any fanfare.  No motorcades because we believe that these kinds of activities draw the attention of crowds.  Even if we say we will do a small motorcade or we encourage even more to join in, this is people getting together.  There has to be checks and balances to see how many people should be in a vehicle.  You might have situations where people gather on the street side and we have gatherings that we cannot control or that we cannot take into account and so the party at the NPC on Saturday discussed this matter at great length and agreed that we will do the responsible thing, and it pains us because we live for nomination day.  This is an activity where the party can show its muscle and trust me, we are very, very muscled at this time and we can flex that muscle but we are deciding instead to do the safe thing and to do the responsible thing by not creating a situation where the spread of COVID-19 can be helped.”


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