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.Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos on the Breaking Belize News website