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Oct 22, 2020

P.U.P.’s Cayo West Candidate Not Registered to Vote

Jorge “Milin” Espat

The P.U.P.’s candidate for Cayo West, Jorge “Milin” Espat is under fire tonight after it surfaced that he is not a registered voter.  Espat is a new comer to electoral politics and is challenging veteran U.D.P. area rep Erwin Contreras. At the launch of the P.U.P. manifesto today, he confirmed to News Five that he had not carried out the important function of re-registering.  So can he continue as a candidate in Cayo West to contest the November elections?  Espat was not fazed and cited section fifty-seven of the Belize Constitution, which allows for his candidacy even though he is not on the voter’s list.  According to Espat, he was so busy assisting his constituents that he was not able to re-register.


Hipolito Novelo

“Mister Espat can you confirm that you are not registered as a voter and that your name does not exist in the voter’s roll at all?”


Jorge Espat, P.U.P. Standard Bearer, Cayo West

“That is correct. I am a registered voter on the old registration list. Unfortunately, because the work that I am trying to do and assisting my residents and constituents in the Cayo West doing the transfers and the registrations unfortunately I was unable to do it. It slipped me but at the end of the day under the constitution, section fifty-seven I still qualify and at the end of the day I can register.”


Hipolito Novelo

“But don’t you agree that there is disadvantage, or some might say something is wrong with a person who is not registered in the division that he wants to represent?”


Jorge Espat

“Not really, not really. With the work done I mean it was just something that slipped me. I was unable to do it and that is all I can say. The intention was there. The intention was there but with the overworked I was assisting my constituents to make sure they transfer period and the registration be fulfilled and that is my obligation as a candidate, to make sure I put in as much people as I can.”


Hipolito Novelo

“But there was the re-registration process; a lot of politicians were taking their people to reregister. How can you forget your own self?”


Jorge Espat

“As I said, I was busy and that is all I can say. Yes you all know that I am not registered.”


In a letter to his constituency, which he posted on Facebook, Espat explains that none of his actions or omissions constitutes illegality.  He says that, “the U.D.P.’s actions prove that they are desperate and have no knowledge and regard for the LAW; they are ignorant to the law.”

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