General Politics — 05 August 2014 — by Kareem Clarke

Yesterday, the United Democratic Party (UDP) held a convention at the ITVET Compound in Belize City to select its set of Belize City Council candidates that will be contesting the 2015 municipal elections.

When the results were tallied, eight current city councilors who had placed their hats back in the ring, and two of the eight newcomers, emerged as the victors.

One of the current city councilors who got another chance to run is Dion Leslie, who got 3,244 votes – the most votes received by any of the candidates. He was followed by fellow councilor Phillip Willoughby, who received 2,893 votes, and present Deputy Mayor, Bernard Pitts, Jr., who got 2,742 votes.

Of the other councilors, Dean Samuels received 2,633 ballots; Dr. Alain Gonzalez got 2,482; Michael Theus received 2,456 votes; while Alifa Elrington-Hyde got 2,253 and Kevin Singh received 2,009 votes.

The two others who made it onto the City Council slate were Hyacinth Latchman, a former UDP city councilor, who got the third highest amount of votes at 2,796; and newcomer Jason Edwards, who followed closely behind with 2,785.

A total of 16 candidates took part in the convention, eight of whom were current city councilors and eight of whom were attempting to make it onto the UDP’s 2015 City Council slate.

A total of 4,242 ballots were cast, 173 of which were rejected.

Current Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley, who was uncontested, will vie for the mayorship once again in the upcoming municipal elections, which are scheduled for March 2015.


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