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#505771 - 07/09/15 05:13 AM Frank “Papa” Mena is the new Dangriga area rep
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Just after nine this evening, returning officer Colin Griffith announced from Sacred Heart Parish Hall that United Democratic Party candidate for today’s by-election in the Dangriga division, Frank “Pawpa” Mena, had received 2,164 of 3,738 votes or 57.89%. Opponent from the People’s United Party (PUP), Anthony Sabal, received 1,526 votes; Belize Green Independent Party (BGIP) candidate Llewellyn Lucas received 14 votes, and there were 34 rejected ballots.

Turnout for voting at the six polling stations in town and the villages of Hope Creek and Sarawee started low and only picked up after 2 in the afternoon. The final turnout was just under 60% (59.57%) of registered voters, 6,275.

In accepting victory, Mena said he persevered despite a “negative and nasty” campaign by his opponents, and emphasized that he ran a positive campaign addressing the needs of his constituents. He emphasized that he is not going anywhere and will be in it for the long haul.

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#505784 - 07/10/15 05:50 AM Re: Frank “Papa” Mena is the new Dangriga area rep [Re: Marty]
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The Numbers Are In For Griga By-Election: UDP Won Big

As we told you last night in our very extended by-election newscast - the UDP's Frank Pawpa Mena is the new representative for Dangriga, Hope Creek And Sarawee.

The final numbers shows that his victory was large and decisive. Of the 3704 persons who voted, Mena got 2164 votes or 58% of the total - while his opponent Anthony Sabal got 41%.

That's a very sharp downturn for the PUP's political fortunes in this southern seat - seeing that just three years ago - their candidate Ivan Ramos for 54% of the vote. That's a very significant slippage for the opposition, but for the UDP, it's quite consistent with the support the party saw in March's municipal elections - where they got 60% of the vote. This time it's 58% and Mena now joins the House of Representatives as one of only 10 members who earned more than 58% of the vote in their constituencies.

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