The San Pedro Police Department informs all 2015 Municipal Election candidates that all rules and regulations in reference to the election process will be strictly implemented. Officer in Charge of San Pedro Police, Superintendent Luis Castellanos has stated that extra measures will be taken to ensure that the Town Council Elections, scheduled for Wednesday, March 4th, run smoothly.
In addition, campaigners are advised that rowdy behavior will not be tolerated and that no form of political campaign will be allowed within the 100-yard buffer area. “Elections are right around the corner and we are preparing our officers ahead of time so that they are ready to handle the event. Within the next few weeks, we will be calling a meeting with all candidates and explain to them the rules and regulations of the Municipal Elections. We will also explain to them the behavior that is expected by the San Pedro Police Department in regards to party followers and campaigning on Election Day,” said Superintendent Castellanos.
The polling station in San Pedro will be at the San Pedro High School. No political booth, banners, signs or campaigning will be allowed within a 100 yard radius of the polling area. This area includes the section of Spider Lily Street that runs from the beach to the junction of Laguna Drive (all the section in front of the high school entrance) and extends midway down Seagull Street. “One of the main rules that all candidates and campaigners need to adhere to is the 100-yard buffer area. We do not want any disorderly behavior in the polling station. We will be very strict with this rule and we will hold all the parties responsible for ensuring their party members also follow this rule,” said Superintendent Castellanos.
The San Pedro Police will also be monitoring campaign efforts leading up to elections in an effort to avoid altercations. Superintendent Castellanos would like to take the opportunity to advise all island residents to try their best to make the 2015 Municipal Elections a peaceful one.
SAN PEDRO TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION 2015
NOTICE OF TIME AND PLACE OF NOMINATION
AND DATE OF ELECTION
In accordance with the Town Councils Act, Chapter 87 of the Laws of
Belize, and the applicable Regulations, it is hereby notified that the nominations of
candidates for election of members of the SAN PEDRO TOWN COUNCIL will
be received at the San Pedro Town Hall, San Pedro between the hours of 10:00
a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
Nomination Forms can be obtained at the Elections and Boundaries Registration
Office, #21 Pescador Drive, San Pedro, between the hours of 8:00
a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily, except Saturdays and Sundays.
Every candidate shall be proposed by two other persons whose names
appear on the Register of Electors for SAN PEDRO TOWN and shall deliver to the
Returning Officer his written consent to be so nominated.
Every candidate shall deposit, or cause to be deposited, with the Returning
Officer the sum of Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00).
If more candidates are nominated than there shall be seats to be filled, a
municipal election of members to the SAN PEDRO TOWN COUNCIL shall be
held on Wednesday, the 4th day of March 2015.
The Office of the Returning Officer for SAN PEDRO TOWN COUNCIL
is situated at the Customs and Excise Department, Caesar Ridge Road,
Municipal elections are just four weeks away and today, the elections and boundaries office sat down with all political parties today to discuss the rules. The meeting was held at the Coastal Zone training office and when it was done we spoke with a cross section of participants including the chief elections officer who chaired the meeting:….
The meeting lasted all morning until the early afternoon.
Kindly take note that our offices will be closed on February 11, 2015 due to the Municipal Elections 2015-2018 Nomination Day being held at the San Pedro Town Council office by the Elections & Boundaries Personnel.
We apologize for any inconvenieces caused and appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
We will resume to regular working hours on Thursday, February 12, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
With municipal elections just over two weeks away, political parties across the country are preparing for the first big step before the electorates go to the polls. The first big show of strength will take place on Nomination Day, which has been set by the Governor General of Belize for Wednesday February 11th. The Elections and Boundaries Department, the legal body that will take charge of the nomination and election process, have been meeting with the political parties to educate them about the process.
For Nomination Day, The People’s United Party (PUP) will be allowed the hours of 10AM and midday to be nominated. From midday to 2PM, any independent or third party candidates will be allowed for nomination. Meanwhile the United Democratic Party (UDP) has been allowed from 2PM to 4PM to be nominated. Griffith said that political representatives on the island have agreed to that format in their first meeting. He also indicated that boundaries and other rules for Election’s Day have also been agreed upon.
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First to arrive to be nominated were the seven candidates of the PUP. The candidates and their supporters had assembled on the beach front of incumbent Councilor Gualberto “Wally” Nuñez. Once they had gathered their supporting crowd, they paraded through the principal streets of San Pedro Town. Nomination Day-16They were in to show their strength and by all appearance, they did not lack energy as the supporters honked horns and blasted music in the grand old style of the PUP. They eventually came to a stop in front of the San Pedro Town Council on Barrier Reef Drive shortly around 10:30AM, still full of energy.
Shortly around 12:30 the VIP candidates made to the SPTC building along with a few family members, they entered into the town hall to be nominated. Candidates for the VIP include Mayoral Candidate Robert “Bobby Lopez, and councilor candidates Mary Boiton, Francisco Salgado, Fatima Aragon Reyes, Amalio Requeña, Virginio “Bill” Henkis and Martin Dawson. The candidates nominated each other except for Henkis who was nominated by his two daughters Yanira Henkis and Melissa Henkis. In addressing the media, Lopez blasted the both the PUP and the UDP for neglecting the island. “It is time to get rid of the two political parties. Ever since we gained self-government, we have had the same of both parties. They have enriched themselves, leaving the Belizeans deeper into poverty. This VIP team is giving the islanders an option to vote out corruption.”
The incumbent United Democratic Party were third to make their appearance. They assembled in front of Central Park and after mustering their crowd, the red team marched through the streets of San Pedro. Accompanied by loud music, the crowd, who was in a celebratory mood, eventually made its way to the San Pedro Town Council. After arriving around 2:30PM, one by one, each member of the UDP 7 walked up to the office of the Town Council to be nominated. UDP Mayoral Candidate Daniel Guerrero was nominated by Teacher Julia Martinez and Phillip “Billy” Leslie. Councilor Candidates Hector “Tito Alamilla was nominated by Kent “Bob” Gabourel and Elsa Paz, Severo “Severito” Guerrero Jr. was nominated by Jose Nuñez and Ricardo Verde, Garry Grief was nominated by John Grief IIII and Kristian Guerrero, Gabriel “Gaby” Nunez was nominated by Manuel Heredia Jr. and Kenrick Brackett, Flora Ancona was nominated by Lisa McCorkel Guerrero and Rosela Guerrero and Ruben “Rux” Gonzalez was nominated by Adrian Nuñez and Jaime Guerrero.
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The following is the list of candidates and their nominators:
PUP Mayoral Candidate:
*Dr. Giovanni Solorzano: Will Nunez and Patricia Marin
PUP Councilor Candidates:
*Raymundo Nuñez: Romel Bardales and Pablo Kumul
*Wally Nuñez: Miguel Perez and Gonzalo Munoz
*Omar Guerrero: Hector Salazar and Rigoberto Kumul
*Alex Noralez: Alexis Eiley and Rosario Perez
*Conchita Flota: Yoli Galvez and Erlindo Flota
*Marina Kay: Baldemar Graniel and Elaila Cocom
UDP Mayoral candidate:
*Daniel Guerrero: Juliana Martinez and Philip Leslie
UDP Councilor candidates:
*Severo Guerrero: Ricardo Verde and Jose Alberto Nuñez
*Gary Greif: Kristian Guerrero and Johnny Greif IV
*Gabriel Nuñez: Kenrick Bracket and Manuel Heredia Jr.
*Flora Ancona: Lisa Guerrero and Rosela Guerrero
*Hector Alamilla: Kent Gabourel and Elsa Paz
*Ruben Gonzalez: Adrian Nuñez and Jaime Guerrero
VIP Mayoral Candidate
*Bobby Lopez: Melissa Henkis and Yanika Henkis
VIP Councilor Candidate
*Fatima Reyes: Bobby Lopez and Fatima Reyes
*Amalio Requeña: Bobby Lopez and Bill Henkis
*Bill Henkis: Melissa Henkis and Yanira Henkis
*Martin Dawson: Francisco Salguero and Bobby Lopez
*Francisco Salguero: Martin Dawson and Bobby Lopez
*Mary Boiton: Bobby Lopez and Fatima Reyes
In San Pedro, twenty one candidates, including three mayoral, are running in the upcoming March fourth elections. It is the first time on the island that three slates have been nominated. Currently, the town council is in the hands of the governing party, but the race is getting particularly heated in the island where there is no shortage of signs on lamp posts and banners. Tonight, Duane Moody looks at the three who aspire to sit on the mayor’s seat.
Duane Moody, Reporting
The municipal elections for 2015 are exactly nineteen days away and the political machinery across party lines have been cranked into full gear. On San Pedro, the current town council is represented by one P.U.P. councilor and six U.D.P.s including Mayor Daniel Guerrero. That municipality for the past twelve years has been elected under a red banner and according to the incumbent, he and his slate will recapture all seven seats.
Daniel Guerrero, Incumbent U.D.P. Mayoral Candidate, San Pedro
“There are several achievements. I can tell you that infrastructure is the biggest one where we have been paving a lot of streets here in downtown and thanks to the prime minister, himself, we can almost finalize the three miles of paved road going up north. It is something huge for tourism, especially for the hotel industry and tourism. But apart from that, San Pedro Town Council has been investing huge monies when it comes to safety, education…you just name it and health. We have been all around and we have touched every institution that exists on the island, N.G.O.s, you name it. So we are not only infrastructure, but we are doing all the social work. What we are aiming to do is get a healthy society for our grandchildren.”
“So if re-elected, it is just about continuing what you’ve already started?”
“Yes I did mention that yesterday. I would prefer to say a continuation of the projects that are on. I would like to see them finalized and yes, new projects will kick in. We have good ideas of what to do—I would not like to mention right now—but we have good projects for San Pedro.”
Doctor Giovanni Solorzano, who has his private clinic and pharmacy in San Pedro, has been living on the island for the past twenty-six years. Doctor Giovanni ran against current area rep., Manuel Heredia Junior, back in 2012 for the general elections and for the past eighteen months, has been on the ground campaigning for his mayoral candidacy. For Doctor Giovanni, the support for the P.U.P. on Nomination Day this past Wednesday was a testament that the administration will be changing colors.
Doctor Giovanni Solorzano, P.U.P. Mayoral Candidate, San Pedro
“The electorate has been clamoring for change as you said and it was demonstrated yesterday during nomination day. Yesterday, we did not rent a crowd because we do not have the money they have, but we have the intelligence, we have the plan, we have a vision to bring change to the island. We have been the party who has presented a manifesto—a clear—and they like to say it is too long. Yes it is long because I am methodic, we are methodic, and we want to bring change in every particular area that falls under the responsibility of the San Pedro Town Council. So that is why our manifesto is very well-written, it is very well-described; it might not be perfect, but I invite everybody to help us to prepare for the change. San Pedro has been growing a lot, but it has been growing without proper planning. So we have people from the mainland who come to work. The children stay on the mainland and the husband and wife come to work on San Pedro, but they cannot bring their children because there is no space for the children to come to school. That causes problems, causes resentment of the kids against their parents. So we need to build another primary school; we need to build another secondary school on the island. So all of those are the reasons that made me decide I want to serve my island. And we need to continue to grow, but we need to have sustainable tourist development. We need to grow properly with proper planning.”
Like Belmopan, San Pedro also has three full slates that will be contesting the municipal elections come March fourth. V.I.P. Bobby Lopez and his six councilor candidates for the first time will be seeking votes in that municipality. Their manifesto focuses on several issues, particularly the environment.
Robert ‘Bobby’ Lopez
Robert ‘Bobby’ Lopez, VIP Mayoral Candidate, San Pedro
“In 2012 as you know, I ran out here against Manuel Heredia for the constituency and having done that, the seed was planted. Three hundred and thirty-six votes, I believe. 2015, I actually had an agreement with my wife not to run again, but she said Bobby, I know yo di burn up inside; just do it. But what really got me is that as I walk this island, I see the degradation…deterioration socially, environmentally and in so many aspects. And nobody is paying any attention to it. It is like turning a blind eye to a problem, hoping that it will go away. We are looking at establishing unions out here—unionizing the council, unionizing the construction workers, the hospitality industry. Setting a minimum wage of seven dollars per hour because you can’t survive on no three or four dollars an hour on this island. Those are the things we are looking for. Improving the housing conditions…so many of that sixty-five percent don’t have a lot. They live in a room raising families, sharing a bathroom, five rooms to a bathroom; divided with such a simple plywood. We have to raise the conditions. So I call it also a social justice campaign because I want to look out for the working class who deserve to enjoy and to live on a beautiful environment and community.”