Highlights — 17 July 2019 — by Rowland A. Parks
PUP maintains its dominance in village council elections

BELIZE CITY, Mon. July 15, 2019– The fourth round of village council elections took place yesterday, Sunday, July 14, when villagers from 35 villages across the country cast ballots to elect their village councils for the next 3 years.

At the end of round 3 last week, the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) had maintained a consistent dominance at the polls in villages across the country. The governing United Democratic Party (UDP) Secretariat released its numbers last week and those numbers matched those released by the PUP, which has been claiming the lead in the elections.

In yesterday’s elections, 5 villages in the Corozal District held elections and PUP councils were triumphant in 2 of those villages, while the UDP was victorious in 3 villages.

Elections were held in 7 villages in the Orange Walk District and PUP-led councils were selected in six of those villages, while one village selected a UDP-led slate.

There were elections in two villages in the Belize District, and the UDP and PUP each secured a victory in one village.

In the Cayo District, residents from 8 villages went to the polls and the victories were split evenly between the PUP and the UDP, which each party scoring 4 village council victories.

There were 7 village council elections in the Stann Creek District and the PUP added 5 more village councils to its roster of victories, while the UDP had a victory in one village and an independent slate was selected in the other village, which was the only municipality in the country to have elected an independent council yesterday.

Another 7 villages in the Toledo District held elections and PUP village councils won in 3 villages, while the UDP won in 4 villages.

So at the end of the fourth week of village council elections, according to the figures released by the PUP Secretariat, the party has 139 seats in village councils across the country compared to 99 for the UDP and 7 independent councils.

Next Sunday, July 21, week 5 of the village council elections will be held when villages from 26 villages will go to the polls to elect their village councils.

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