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May 3, 2011

New faces emerge in the political arena for parties

Hugo Patt

And there were two political conventions over the weekend.  On Sunday, the U.D.P. elected Hugo Patt, the Chairman of the Belize Sugar Industries Control Board, as the new standard bearer for the Corozal North Constituency. Patt who garnered one thousand one hundred and forty votes thrashed the area representative of the constituency, Nemencio Acosta who mustered just about fifty percent of Patt’s votes coming behind with a distant five hundred and nineteen. Viewers may also recall that Acosta was temporarily appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Development and Social Transformation back in 2009 while Juan Coy was on a six month suspension for a contraband scandal. Coming in close behind Acosta was Geraldo Vallejos with four hundred and forty three votes followed by Guadalupe Longworth taking one hundred and fifteen votes. Of the two thousand two hundred and thirty six votes cast, nineteen ballots were spoiled.

Francis Smith

Also this past Sunday, Doctor Francis Smith, brother of former Pickstock Area representative, Godfrey Smith, was endorsed as the new standard bearer for the P.U.P. in the Pickstock Division. Francis is throwing in the hat for the first time in electoral politics and will be going up against Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington in that division.

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3 Responses for “New faces emerge in the political arena for parties”


    Don’t change your leaders to have better results, change your morals of leadership.

  2. marta escamilla says:

    Acosta got what he deserved. he totally abandoned the people of Corozal North so if u can’t serve your people get out of the way and this goes to ALL representatives. If you work you will stay. people have change

  3. Rod says:

    I was there at the convention, I was offered 300 to vote for Mr Patt by Gapi brother, my friends all received $$ gifts, thanks Gapi’s our new PM.

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