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Aug 7, 2008

U.D.P. sets mayoral convention for October

Story PictureYou will already know that the campaign for Mayoral office is on because the two contenders, incumbent Mayor Zenaida Moya and Deputy Mayor Anthony Michael, have both been making the rounds in the media and on the streets. The race got off to an ugly start and it only promises to only get nastier. So to put a quick end to the hemorrhaging, the U.D.P. is preparing to hold an early convention, as early as October, with City Council elections set for the first Wednesday in March 2009. So a meeting was convened last night at the U.D.P. headquarters to settle the feuding. We caught up today with the embattled Mayor, Zenaida Moya, who says she’s ready. And the only Councillor, who is publicly supporting her, Wayne Usher, told News Five it’s all a matter of respect and performance.

Zenaida Moya, Mayor, Belize City
“The March elections stands, by law it’s the first Wednesday every three years or the third year after the election. But in terms of the U.D.P. City Council convention, that will be held the fifth of October. We didn’t want to have anything during the September celebrations so the week after, we’ll go straight into the conventions. We’re just getting out there. I guess in terms of mobilising our person, that’s what we’ll be doing. But the campaign has already started and we will insure that we hit the pavement and we see all the persons that we can see within the next two months.”

Marion Ali
“Has it shocked you that your very own deputy mayor is competing against you?”

Zenaida Moya
“No, no, no, nothing shocks me.”

Marion Ali
“Or that he has almost the entire slate against you or on his side?”

Zenaida Moya
“No, nothing shocks me. In politics that’s what you have to understand and that’s just something that you have to work with. At the end of the day it’s the masses of the people that will decide and they will see the work that I have done. They are the ones who put me here of course, with God’s will. So I feel very good about my chances. My track record speaks for itself. Even before politics I was always doing what was right for them and this has just continued, its just consistency.”

Marion Ali
“A couple U.D.P. ministers have come forth to support, publicly, your opponent. Do you feel as though, maybe to some extent the party has deserted you?”

Zenaida Moya
“No, I don’t feel the party has deserted me. In terms of the support, I feel pretty good about the area reps and the standard bearers that are there supporting me. I feel pretty good about that and I thank them.”

Wayne Usher, City Councillor
“I have, ever since we got elected, given the mayor her rightful support and her rightful respect as the duly elected mayor of Belize City. I am a stickler for respect for authority and I recognized this from ever sine I was brought up in the service and trained to respect authority. So it was no problem for me to respect the mayor, not only b because she is elected as mayor, but because of the work she as been doing. And I have no reason not to support her. She hasn’t given me any reason not to support her.”

Marion Ali
“Why do you think the other councillors have gone in favour of her opponent?”

Wayne Usher
“That is a very good question. I would want to recommend you ask them yourself because for the life of me I cannot see why that is the case. I am going to try again to be re-elected and I am supporting the mayor and I will run on her slate, yes.”

Meanwhile insiders say the opposition P.U.P. is also preparing in earnest and will conclude party conventions for candidates across the country by the end of September which is when the P.U.P. celebrates its birthday.

And to add to the electoral heat, the Government’s Press Office today announced that Electoral Registration Offices throughout the country will extend their opening hours this month to accommodate primarily working people. These hours will be for three Saturdays, August ninth, twenty-third, and thirtieth. Opening hours will be from nine am to three p.m.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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