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Mar 6, 2012

Election 2012; Forgiveness or Trust?

The decision for the 2012 elections is a breath away. In less than twelve hours the polls will open for voting in these critical elections. There are seventy candidates vying for thirty-one seats in the general elections and one hundred and seventy for the municipal elections. Both major political parties released their manifestos two weeks ago; they speak of growing the economy and keeping the utilities as government owned. But the political advertising in this early election has been relentless and ruthless. The U.D.P. campaign attack is focused on the opposition leader, Francis Fonseca, who is portrayed as a puppet while the P.U.P. depicts the Prime Minister  as King; his family as royalty, so that a vote for Dean Barrow would be a vote for nepotism. But there are relevant issues that are weighing on the collective minds of the politicians. The Oceana mock referendum last week Wednesday dubbed “The Peoples Referendum” is a reaction to the government’s outright rejection to a petition by the Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage to have the offshore drilling agenda tabled during the March seventh elections. Oceana garnered the vote of over twenty-nine thousand electors from across the country. Ninety-six percent voted no to offshore drilling. Is that likely to impact Wednesday’s general election? Time will tell.

A phenomenon in the campaign has been about polls. Some have been discredited or ignored them, but one that politicians can’t dismiss was recently commissioned by a former U.D.P. Campaign Manager and conducted by Yasmine Andrews. Most politicians rely on the traditionally older die-hard party supporters but in the survey, the majority of the voters polled were in the range of eighteen to thirty-seven years while most participants were at a high school graduate level of education. The survey tested many areas including voting intention at a margin of error of plus or minus five percent. Gender and age have different persuasions for Wednesday’s election. According to the sample, fifty seven point nine percent of males intend to vote for the U.D.P. while twenty-five point eight intend to vote for the PUP. And for women, only eight percent intended to vote for the U.D.P. while ninety-one percent intended to vote for the P.U.P.  So it appears that the PUP has more charm with women and the UDP has more camaraderie with men. The PUP has three female candidates and the UDP has only male candidates, which could explain some of the preferences based on sex. The Andrews’ poll also gives the blue party the edge in the elections.  So on Wednesday, Channel Five and Love FM will bring you the first vote at the open of the polls and the announcement of the next government live as the drama unfolds; all starting at seven a.m.

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12 Responses for “Election 2012; Forgiveness or Trust?”

  1. RadicalBelizean says:

    Well, well, well. The best party won of on the day. However it is clear there is a (with the exception of Orange Walk) north south divide. The people in Dangriga and Toledo unanimously voted PUP (all the way is it? Ha-ha)

    I was also intrigued by the candidates who didn’t even get one vote, not even their “Gramma” trusted them enough to vote for them?

  2. Worker Man says:

    Unnu like play games too much. I lost $36,000 because of the so called polls which said “who do you think will win the 2012 elections” $36,000 in one bet and that does not include the6 small change bets I placed for $1000 each for PUP to win. Madas man I will stop listening to Belize News reprters because $36,000 da $36,000 of hard work.

  3. alley cat says:

    But, but, but the polls had PUP winning with 90 percent of the votes.

  4. Sassy says:

    Yap they won but they have a stong opposition now, I hope they no put back Montero fi Agriculture cause the farmers will continue to suffer.

  5. John Doe says:

    If Barrow had known beforehand that he would lose 8 seats (from 25 to 17) he wouldn’t have called this election. He called the election when he did because the PUP was as its weakest, with internal fighting, which led the PUP to lose at least 1 or 2 seats in this election.

    If the PUP can win 14 seats when they are weakest, they can easily win next election. With these extra 8 seats, now the PUP will rebuild itself and regain the confidence it once rightfully lost due to wrong policies.

    When he called the election Barrow thought that he would either gain back the 25 seats he had or even snatch one or two more from the weak PUP. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have called an early election.

    Now eight of his close friends are out of work, and out of influence. I am sure they are quite upset at Barrow for them losing their seats.

    Besides, in Cayo Central the UDP only won by 44 votes. And in Cayo North East by only 17 votes..

    So it was a pretty weak victory for Barrow. I hope he now gets the message that many people are not satisfied with his policies. Not satisfied with his blaming of others. The Superbond, the PUP, everybody is to blame but him.

    Stop looking at the past blaming Superbond creditors and take responsibility for the present and the future. IT’S TIME TO CHANGE COURSE. We need a new start. Less crime and more employment. Less talk about the PUP and the Superbond.

    Blaming Superbond owners, who are wealthy individuals across the world and potential investors in Belize, is a really bad strategy. I know several foreigners who own the Superbond, and had even thought about moving and investing directly in Belize,. Thought about increasing their Belizean exposure.

    Now they are scared about the lack of commitment and seriousness displayed by the Belizean government to international investors.

    “If we can’t trust Belize to honour her international Superbond agreements, how can we trust Belize to honor our investments in Belize?”

    Barrow should’ve never brought the Superbond issue to the elections in order to win votes.

    And he shouldn’t have promised to build a refinery in Belize, as we all know it’s not going to happen.

    Anyway, I hope all this campaign talk remains part of the past and Barrow focuses on the future. No more blame games. I also hopes that he consults with the PUP on important decisions.

  6. bmp-resident says:

    worker man, u should have invested those 36000 in a school in your area.

  7. Retired CEO says:

    John Doe you have said it all. With what you have said, nothing can be added, only lets get on with the people’s agenda, no more pussyfooting around.

  8. manman says:

    who won for port loyola??? anyone???

  9. belizeanpride says:

    with that bet lost i would have bought a lot, started my little house since i’m tired of renting and hope this time if i apply for the 5th time might get a piece of lot of my own. i’m trying since 12 yrs ago and can’t get one.

  10. Concern says:

    OK – enough talk now – since the UDP was already in, I challenge them to waste no more time and accomplish at least 2 items on their new Manifesto within 6 months of today’s date! No excuse not to – this would say a lot.

  11. Yvette says:

    I am aboard belizean I believe none of the parties are good. We need a change from pup and Udp.

  12. now i see says:

    Worker man wish he have 36,000 and if he does that money no clean remember easy comes easy goes.

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