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Dec 16, 2022

Christmas Cheer for the Kids of Stann Creek West

Rodwell Ferguson

In Stann Creek West, the largest electoral district in the country, there are well over nine thousand voters.  This holiday season, Area Representative Rodwell Ferguson concedes that there is not enough money to go around spreading the Christmas cheer.  Instead, he promises the joy of giving to each child in his constituency, a gift, as well as a Christmas party for the kids.  But what are his thoughts on the pending redistricting exercise which will see his division being split down the middle?  Here’s what he says first about this year’s Christmas cheer.


Rodwell Ferguson, Area Representative, Stann Creek West

“I cyan give everybody wah ham and turkey cause ah cyan afford it, but I will give every child in my constituency a toy.  As a matter of fact, eight thousand of them, I noh wahn hyah if yoh da red, I noh wahn hyah if da blue, you’re a Belizean child so you’re going to be entitled to a toy and a party for all the children.”



“Your thoughts on the redistricting case, is it your hope that you will see your constituency become reduced?”


Rodwell Ferguson

“Reduced by fifty percent or in two.  Right now I have almost eleven thousand voters.  So ih wahn cut eena two.  I have developed a relationship with all my voters.”



“So it’s a bittersweet moment.”


Rodwell Ferguson

“Bittersweet, but I have to make a decision.  I have to decide which side I want to choose because any side I take, I believe I can win because I work with my people.”

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