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May 11, 2022

Belize Rural North Gears Up for Village Council Elections

Marconi Leal Sr.

The People’s United Party has issued a press release, following the village council nomination day held on Sunday.  This is for the thirty villages that will be going into elections on May fifteenth.  Several slates in Arenal, Hummingbird Community, Steadfast, Valley Community, Isabella Bank, Lemonal and Georgeville have been endorsed, since the United Democratic Party failed to field any candidates in those villages.  In Belize Rural North, two villages, including Lemonal and Isabella, were endorsed.  News Five spoke with Area Representative Marconi Leal Sr. about the preparations leading up to the elections.


Isani Cayetano

“What has the preparation been like within your constituency?  As we’ve mentioned, there are a number of villages within Belize Rural North and perhaps there are several slates that would be representing your party.”


Marconi Leal Sr., Area Representative, Belize Rural North

“Yes, we are contesting all twenty-three villages.  We had nomination last Sunday.  Lemonal and Isabella were uncontested, our slate will be endorsed.  Only in Double Head Cabbage we’ll have an election this coming Sunday.  So out of the three, we’ve already won two.  This coming Sunday, we are having nomination for another three.  So we have six weeks of village council elections coming up and we are planning to take as much as we can.”


Isani Cayetano

“There has been this talk that as much as possible, politicians try and stay away from the politicking at that lower level.  What has it been like for you in terms of either trying to maintain some kind of objectivity in the affairs of the village?”


Marconi Leal Sr.

“Well I definitely want to win as much as I can because I want to put leaders in those communities that can work with me, we have a good working relationship so that we can develop the community one village at a time.  We are working and we won’t stop.”

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