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Jun 9, 2014

Move over Elvin Penner, John August Jr. is the new U.D.P. standard bearer for Cayo Northeast

Turning to politics…The convention for the Cayo Northeast constituency was hotly contested over the weekend. Four candidates placed their names on the ballot to replace former minister of state, Elvin Penner, who disgraced himself in the passport scandal that broke in September 2013. Penner’s expulsion from the U.D.P. left the field open for Sunday’s convention. News Five’s Isani Cayetano has a report.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

John August Jr., current mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, has been elected United Democratic Party standard bearer for the Cayo Northeast Constituency.  His designation comes almost nine months after the expulsion of Elvin Penner from the ruling outfit, amidst an ongoing passport fiasco.  Penner’s dismissal barred him from offering himself as a returning candidate in the political convention held on Sunday in San Ignacio Town.  Running against August were Anthony McNab and Eduardo Juan.


Alberto August

Alberto August, Chairman, United Democratic Party

“A total of one thousand, four hundred and fifty-four persons came out to vote.  Of those one thousand, four hundred and fifty-four persons we had Anthony McNab with seventy-two votes, Eduardo Juan with three hundred and ninety-eight and John Francis August with nine hundred and seventy-five votes.”


In the wake of the Penner Passport Scandal, all eyes have been on the constituency.  Before now the question on everyone’s mind was who would replace the fallen area representative in the next general elections.


John August Jr.

John August Jr., U.D.P. Cayo Northeast Standard Bearer

“As you can see, the victory is tremendous but we must all remember that this is a victory for the United Democratic Party.  I am very happy to be the standard bearer for the Cayo Northeast Division and I can promise you that I will work very hard to deliver the general elections whenever the prime minister decides to call those elections.  I want to also give my huge respect to Mr. McNab and Mr. Eduardo Juan for running in this race with me.  It shows that the United Democratic Party is truly a democratic party and we follow the principles of democracy.”


At the end of the day, despite having received the least votes, Anthony McNab congratulated his opponent and pledged his support to continue working in Cayo Northeast.


Anthony McNab

Anthony McNab, U.D.P. Candidate, Cayo Northeast

“I thank the good Lord for providing the guidance and the direction and who was a pillar of strength in this entire campaign.  I thank you very much and now, before I go, I would like to congratulate Mr. John August.  I would now like to ask everyone that we support Mr. John August unfailingly, willingly and without question.”


And with that Mayor August took the oath to serve the people of his constituency.


John August Jr.

“I, John August Jr. do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute my duties as standard bearer of the United Democratic Party for the Cayo Northeast Constituency.  I will be true and faithful to the principles and ideals of the party and I will uphold the party’s constitution and will continue to serve the constituency to the best of my judgment and ability so help me God.”


August will now face the People’s United Party standard bearer Orlando Habet in the next general elections. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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9 Responses for “Move over Elvin Penner, John August Jr. is the new U.D.P. standard bearer for Cayo Northeast”

  1. Joe Blank says:

    Congrats! You will be handed your head on a plate on election day. It doesn’t matter how many illegal aliens you all register or what other dirty tricks you pull!

  2. ali Babarrow protects his 40! says:

    This is great news!!! UDP is finally cleaning house, about time.
    Penner is too wounded to serve Ali, hauling in Cayo’s UDP sheep.

    This unwounded new member of the Ali’s forty will bring in new thieving vitality, young blood for new money schemes.

    Don’t worry Elvin, your place is secure. You never gave up Ali, your retirement is solid! There will be future opportunities for a seasoned thief, who just happened to get caught, and who never went to prison, a proud example to the forty of Ali’s ability to corrupt Belizean justice and law enforcement. Even the police commissioner had to bow and suck dick on this one to cover your rear end. We are sure you never met citizen Kim, you just did the work of Ali so more money could be made, you soulless whore dog you. On your knees giving civil service B+ jobs, asking to go to heaven for your sins. You are good to go Elvin to the inner sanctum of Ali’s crumbling country.

  3. ali Babarrow protects his 40! says:

    Hey PUP how is that recall vote coming?
    Could not get the 75 votes needed to recall Elvin….
    Great leadership! Are you the opposition or their back bench supporters?


  4. ali Babarrow protects his 40! says:

    “I thank the good Lord the Elvin did no rat out the UDP. God knows best, he votes UDP.”

  5. Timber says:

    Wait, is he by any chance the relative of the hustler, playboy and swordfight partner of Joe Bradley and Alfonso Noble? Interesting.

  6. Same circus says:

    John August doesn’t leave us with much hope. Money runs this show. & the UDP chairman is a joke.

    PUP the same!

  7. Tired of CORRUPTED POLITICS!! says:

    It doesn’t matter what happen, what changes happen in the government, it remains the same or get worse. It’s the same f*in thing with UDP and PUP so Belize will always be in an extremely messed up situation. We the people are the ones suffering and paying the missing monies they are going with!! The huge loans they barrow and later disappear ending up in most of the Government and Ministers foreign bank accounts!!!

  8. bri says:

    I agree with ‘tired of corrupted politics’ its time for a change…both parties know the people of belize have nowhere to turn so its lose today win tomorrow for blue and red …im studing to get my degree in road construction caz thats all the job the G.O.B can create…out with the blue and red!!!

  9. doll says:

    well he did well and of course he did it the way lots of people like … cause money was out there throwing and a lot .. they had a special place where before you vote you get paid for it … so he did it this way money talks bullshit walks …

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