Electorates in the Cayo North Constituency will be going to the polls on January 5, 2015 to elect a new Area Representative following the unexpected resignation of Honorable Joseph Mahmud from Parliament. In October, the People’s United Party (PUP) elected representative informed his party that he would not seek re-election, but would have served his remaining term in office. However, Mahmud changed his mind, and without notifying his party, resigned, effective immediately, on November 24th.
The news of Mahmud’s resignation came as a surprise to the nation via a press release from the office of the Clerk of the National Assembly. The Clerk of the National Assembly, who is deputizing for the Speaker of the House Hon Michael Peyrefitte, said in a press release that the resignation takes immediate effect. “The resignation letter was received at around 11AM this morning, 24th November 2014, by the Clerk to the House of Representatives, Mr. Eddie Webster. In accordance with section 126 of the Belize Constitution, the Honorable Speaker Michael Peyrefitte has accepted the resignation of the Honorable Member for Cayo North.”
That vacant seat, which must be filled by 90 days, triggers a bi-election in Cayo North Area. In accordance with the constitution the Head of State representative of Belize, the Governor General (GG) His Excellency Sir Colville N. Young Sr. issued an Election Writ on Tuesday November 25th, in which he announced the dates for nomination and bi-election. The Writ of Election has set nomination day for Monday December 15th. 21 days after, on Monday January 5, 2015 a bi-election will be held in Cayo North in which the vacant seat will be filled.Click here
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