BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Oct. 22, 2020– On the day of the PUP’s manifesto launch and one day after its 31 party members were nominated, Jorge “Millin” Espat, standard bearer for Cayo West, came under scrutiny by the UDP for apparently not being registered to vote, but still submitting himself for general elections.
Espat took to his personal campaign page later on that day and shared a letter with his constituents claiming that the UDP’s attempt to expose this information was “desperate,” and that his actions were not unconstitutional, and that he simply had forgotten to register himself.
According to Espat, section 57 of Belize’s Constitution does allow for the candidacy of persons who are not registered to vote.
Further, the PUP candidate asserts that the UDP is using the situation as a ploy to create intimidation and mask their own indecencies during their tenure in office:
“The UDP’s action prove that they are desperate and have no knowledge and regard for the law. They are trying to instill fear and confusion after they have squandered millions of dollars of tax payer money and left Belize in a struggling state.”
Beyond attempting to absolve himself of any accusations of illegality, Espat pointed a finger back at UDP area representative for Cayo West, Hon. Erwin Contreras, who, according to Espat, does not reside in the area in which he is registered to vote:
“They (The UDP), however, continue to break the law. According to residents of Cayo West, Erwin Contreras doesn’t reside in the area. If that is true, then he has violated the law by registering to vote in an area which he does not reside. And the disregard for the law by this UDP administration is much more than what we can imagine.”
To date, a multitude of political figures both from the People’s United Party and the United Democratic Party have been accused in participating in this type of voter’s fraud which Espat has accused Contreras of by either registering themselves or their constituents in areas which they do not reside.