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Mar 5, 2021

A Wrap Up of Municipal Elections 2021

The People’s United Party served the United Democratic Party a major defeat in the 2021 Municipal Elections. The P.U.P. went from controlling three full councils to majority control of all nine. The U.D.P. was left with only two seats in the west where the P.U.P., after many years, was able to make dent in the red hills of the towns by securing five councilor seats.  As our wrap up of the municipal elections, we take a cursory look at the results from the elections. Here’s the story.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The People’s United Party won in a landslide over the United Democratic Party at the municipal polls on Wednesday. The P.U.P. has majority control of all nine municipalities – with sixty five of their candidates winning their seats and only two U.D.P. candidates left standing – Mayor Earl Trapp and Council Bernadette Fernandez won their seats in San Ignacio and Santa Elena. Although Trapp is mayor on a majority blue council – he made it clear that he is still the man in charge of the twin towns.

 

Earl Trapp

Earl Trapp, Mayor, San Ignacio/Santa Elena

“A good leader dictates from time to time – so no one will tell me what to do, buddy. If I have to dictate, I will dictate to get the work done in this community.”

 

And while it’s left to be seen how that balance of power will work out for Mayor Trapp in San Ignacio and Santa Elena, the U.D.P. candidates are still licking their wounds in Punta Gorda. Not only were they bested by the P.U.P., but also the Belize Progressive Party, putting the U.D.P. mayor and some of his councilor candidates in third place in the number of votes received.

In the north, the P.U.P. decimated the U.D.P. candidates with P.U.P.’s Ladrick Sheppard winning the mayoral seat with more than three thousand five hundred votes, beating out U.D.P.’s Orlando Castillo. Castillo, a son of Orange Walk, but an unknown in the political scene, felt that the defeat was a message to his party. And despite the massive loss, he wants to run again.

 

Orlando Castillo

Orlando Castillo, U.D.P. Mayoral Candidate, Orange Walk

“It’s very bad here in Orange Walk for the United Democratic Party. It reflects very poorly on It reflects very poorly on what the party represents at the moment and the people are showing that they are still not contented with the U.D.P.  When you get into this young you cannot get discouraged when you suffer a loss. You need to regroup, discuss, and move forward with a proper plan to see how you can gain back that trust of the people.”

 

In San Pedro, after eighteen years, the voters put their trust in the P.U.P.  There P.U.P.’s Wally Nunez won the mayoral race with three thousand four hundred and sixty two votes – soundly defeating the U.D.P.’s Ruben Gonzalez who received one thousand seven hundred and one votes.

 

Wally Nunez

Wally Nunez, Mayor Elect, San Pedro Town

“I want to give thanks to San Pedro for coming out and giving us that vote of confidence. We will work for San Pedro. We are here for you.”

 

In Belize City, the P.U.P. team received twice as many votes as their U.D.P. challengers. Mayor Bernard Wagner received ten thousand and sixty-seven votes, while U.D.P.’s Orson Picart received five thousand eight hundred and forty-nine votes.  Two of his councilors, returning Allan Pollard and new comer Kaya Cattouse topped the polls with ten thousand eight hundred and eighty-six and ten thousand eight hundred and sixteen votes, respectively.

In Belmopan, after a long P.U.P. drought – fifteen years to be exact – the Blue team was able win the elections.  The Capital City now has its first female mayor Sharon Palacio.  Palacio beat out long time city councilor and mayoral hopeful Jacklyn Burns of the U.D.P. with Palacio getting three thousand and sixteen votes to Burns’ one thousand two hundred and ninety-one.

In Benque Viejo, where the U.D.P. has dominated for years that came to a crashing end in a close race with the P.U.P. slate led by Jorge Rosales edging out U.D.P.’s Miguel Guerra by a mere thirty-nine votes.

In Dangriga, the P.U.P. team also unseated the U.D.P. with Robert Mariano defeating Francis Humphries with one thousand three hundred and thirty-two votes to Humphries nine hundred and eighteen.

In Corozal, incumbent P.U.P. mayor Rigo Vellos retained his mayoral seat with two thousand eight hundred and eighty-five, beating out newcomer Roger Arana of the U.D.P. who received two thousand thirty-five votes.

And when the polls closed on Wednesday, the P.U.P. Leader said they had no doubts that they would prevail at the polls; they expected a win. But a sixty-five to two win – an almost clean sweep – wasn’t predicted.

 

Andrea Polanco

“Any predictions?”

 

John Briceño

Prime Minister John Briceño

“We are going to have the majority of them. I believe that we are going to do very well. We are going to win the majority – as to if we are going to win all, well, that will be very difficult as you know.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“How are the P.U.P. teams feeling across the rest of the country?”

 

Prime Minister John Briceño

“The reports we are getting is that everybody is optimistic – everybody believes that they managed to take out their voters, despite the fact that there was a low voter turnout they believe they took out the majority of our voters, our supporters and that is what counts for your side – what the other side does is their problem and so I think we are going to do very well across the country.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.


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