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Jan 22, 2021

Election Fever, Why Isn’t It Here Yet?

John Briceño

Voter registration for persons wanting to participate in the upcoming municipal elections ends on Monday, January twenty-fifth. With the deadline for registration looming, the Elections and Boundaries Department has issued a public notice that all offices countrywide will be open on Saturday, January twenty-third, from eight a.m. to four p.m.  The weekend shift is to accommodate all those Belizeans over eighteen who wish to vote in the Wednesday, March third, 2021 Elections.  And while those preparations are underway, the United Democratic Party and the People’s United Party still have not finalized all their slates for the upcoming elections.  There are nine municipalities across the country, and so far, the U.D.P. has only formally named its Belize City ticket.  The P.U.P. is yet to introduce its candidates formally.  Earlier this week, Prime Minister John Briceño commented briefly on the delay in presenting its slate and responded to concerns raised from one Orange Walk councilor who did not make the slate.

 

 

Prime Minister John Briceño

“You never take any elections for granted and never take any election as an easy election because you can never predict what the electorate is going to do.  You need to respect them and you need to ensure that you put in good candidates that would be able to represent the people in the different municipalities well and admirably and do the work for them.  And that’s what we’ve been doing, we’ve been going through a process in ensuring that we could find new candidates and that’s what we’ve been doing.”

 

Reporter

“Do you think that leaving Haresh Vaswani out of the Orange Walk slate is going to hurt your chances there?”

 

Prime Minister John Briceño

“No, I don’t think it will because Haresh is a P.U.P. and Haresh is going to continue to work for the P.U.P.… His people are going to come out and they are going to vote for the P.U.P. town council because the P.U.P. town council in Orange Walk has worked well.  It has been a successful one, one of the most successful councils in the entire country and people want to continue to see that kind of work being done in Orange Walk Town.”


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