Prime Minister calls general elections for November 4
Asking the people of Belize for a “fresh mandate” to “focus now exclusively on the positive, on forwarding opportunity and change,” Prime Minister Dean Barrow has just announced via radio that he has asked the Governor General to dissolve the National Assembly and set general elections for November 4, 2015, with nominations to be taken on October 16.
“A New Belize must burst forth, where progress, prosperity and stability can reign untrammeled,” the Prime Minister said, adding that, “to forge ahead, to strike out in different directions, to fertilize this new bloom of change and advance and inclusion, we must re-inscribe our compact with the people.”
When you turned to the United Democratic Party and gave us your confidence in 2008, it was for us to fix all that had gone so horribly wrong in the decade of misrule since 1998.
Our country was burdened by the super bond; strait-jacketed by fiscal austerity; unable to operate a bankrupt DFC and a near insolvent social security; suffering from surging levels of poverty and neglect; and shunned by international concessionary lenders disgusted with the last Administration's thievery of public monies. The UDP's overwhelming priority was thus to replenish the state's coffers; restore local and international confidence; rescue citizens desperately in need of relief; and bring back integrity to the Office of the Prime Minister whose outgoing PUP occupant had, in 2005, been presented with a certificate of corruption by Union and Civil Society leaders.
And so for almost 8 years now, my team and I have striven to clean up the mess we inherited, while simultaneously transforming the lives of the Belizean people.
And our record on this 28th day of September 2015 is such that even our fiercest critics must concede the tremendous advances we have recorded:
the super bond was restructured, saving the country $500m; public finances are robust; reserves are at historic highs; public officers are better paid than ever; the BOOST and Food Pantry programs are renowned poverty-fighting models for this entire region; tuition and scholarship grants have expanded educational opportunities for thousands of families; the economy has added more than 4500 jobs each year since 2007; the DFC is strong again; social security is safe and looking to increase benefits; and the new NBB has delivered thousands of small and midsize loans to the poor and the middle class.
Besides all this, investments in healthcare, education and citizen security have reversed the PUP decline, and affordable development financing is once again flowing freely from Belize’s IFI sponsors.
Most dramatically, of course, hundreds of millions in low cost Petrocaribe funds are being invested in national infrastructure and community development. And this has resulted in an unprecedented proliferation of new highways, bridges, roads, streets, drains and sporting facilities in our cities, towns and villages.
In recent weeks, in what can be viewed as the latest chapter in national resurgence, we have settled claims for both the BEL and BTL acquisitions. These vital public utilities are now and forever more part of the national patrimony, and benefits redound to Belizeans by way of the lowest light and telecom rates ever.
Having secured this period of restoration, I believe the time has come to ask you for a fresh mandate. The clean-up having been completed, the UDP must focus now exclusively on the positive, on forwarding opportunity and change. A New Belize must burst forth, where progress, prosperity and stability can reign untrammeled.
This New Belize is to be one where learning and job opportunities vitalize the abundant skills of our young people; where families feel safe in their neighborhoods and homes; where rural dwellers have ready access to classrooms, clinics and industry; where our entrepreneurs and employers pay fewer, fairer taxes and where the innovations of governance serve all our citizens and the national interest.
To forge ahead, to strike out in different directions, to fertilize this new bloom of change and advance and inclusion, we must re-inscribe our compact with the people. Accordingly, I have today advised the Governor General to dissolve the National Assembly and to fix Wednesday November 4, 2015 as the date for the next general elections, with Friday October 16 being Nomination Day.
The Team of 31 candidates that our Party will submit to you is, in my view, the best ever. Conscious of the necessity and demand for clean, competent and compassionate leadership, I am especially proud that the democratic process in our Party has yielded such a superb roster of aspirants. I am therefore certain that a re-elected UDP would deliver transformative results, including the defeat of the remaining pockets of public and private sector corruption.
You the citizen, the voter, hold the most important power in our democracy, and exercise supreme authority and judgment at election time. Because we know that your decision will be based on the record and character of those seeking your support, we in the UDP are confident of the victory. But ultimately it is a matter for you. My Party and I therefore pledge both our commitment to a peaceful election, and our absolute respect for whatever outcome you determine.
The best is yet to come, and may God bless Belize.
And so are the PUP ready? After all, pundits would agree that probably one of the main reasons driving the Barrow Administration to call an early election is the state of the PUP - which is strapped for cash, fractured by disunity and has lost three major elections this years. But today, opposition leader Francis Fonseca told the media that his party is ready, united, and focused on ejecting the UDP from Belmopan:..
Jules Vasquez "Elections was called 3 hours ago. Is the PUP prepared for a general elections in 37 days' time?"
Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "We are prepared. We have been getting prepared. We ask why the sudden urgency. Just a few weeks ago the Prime Minister hinted that elections would not be until next year February or March I think he said. So the question is why? Why the sudden urgency and we believe the answer is very clear, there are looming crisis facing the Belizean nation and people. The Petrocaribe monies are drying up. The banking system is in trouble. There are so many serious problems and of course there are other issues facing the government internally that we are aware of that I think will come to the forefront very shortly and all of these things I think have led to this early unexpected call for elections more than a year early than they are due."
Jules Vasquez "And then what position is the PUP in terms of: 1) its elections machinery and also that most important lubricant for all elections initiatives, money."
Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "Yes both of them, we are ready in terms of the machinery, we have been working on that issue and certainly the preparations for the Power to the People Tour across the country, has energized our party, has energized the base of our party. And money yes, as I said earlier. Already today we have had many many calls from supporters, business people who want to contribute and support the work of the People's United Party and the money will be there to fight this election over the next 5 weeks. Over the next 5 weeks we will be travelling across the country. We will be holding public rallies in each district. We will be unveiling our policy papers on health, on economic reform, on governance reform. Of course as always we will be unveiling our manifesto."
Reporter "Do you have a particular theme for your manifesto that you care to reveal to us today?"
Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "Our theme is "Power to the People." How do we give back power to the people? We believe the last 8 years have been about the power of one man, Dean Barrow, running this country. One man, the power of one man and now it is time for the Belizean people to stand up and rise up and take back power from that one man."
"At the forefront of our agenda will be corruption, incompetence and the failure of this government. Very importantly, the failure of this government to protect and defend the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of Belize. That is a failure for which this UDP government must go home. They have failed the Belizean people. Across the country people believe that this government has not fulfilled its first duty and obligation to defend the territorial integrity, to defend the national sovereignty of Belize and I think on November 4th people will come out in record numbers to vote against this failure."
And while Fonseca is expecting record numbers - the real numbers that matter are the number of new and transfer voters that got unto the list at the close of the final registration and transfer period earlier this month.
It's impossible to know with absolute certainty which party got more new voters on their lists - but, we do know that the exercise relies on money - and the PUP were cash strapped. So much so that the shortage of funds for transfers is one of the main reasons for the G-11 rift.
It matters because how a party fares in the registration and transfers often determines how well they will do at the polls. So we asked Fonseca about his party generally, and his division specifically:..
Reporter "In terms of transfers and so, the PUP has put in its work?"
Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "We have. We have put in our work. We've done it quietly, but we have put in our work. We made it very clear to our people across the country that we understood that this transfer period will be the last transfer period."
Reporter "In terms of your seat, though ensuring that that is secure, you are been going around the country, are you neglecting your own home?"
Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "No. We always have a tough fight in Freetown and that always the case, but we have no doubt about the fact that we will deliver Freetown again."
Jules Vasquez "Sir in Freetown 595 new registrants. How many of those are your responsible for? That's the largest in any division in the country percentage-wise. Lake I had more, but it's a larger division. How much of that 595 is yours."
Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "Enough to ensure a victory. We were fully on top of the registration process."
PM Answers The Press On Election Date
And, just in we have our interview with the Prime Minister which was conducted at 6:15 pm in Belmopan. The Prime Minister used his statement to outline the reasons for calling the earliest election in Belize's history. He spoke about a new mandate to embark on a new programme of development. But today the press probed him for the deeper reasons behind the snap election. We caught him at an event to honour Phillip Godson in Belmopan this evening - and here's the lively exchange with the media.
Daniel Ortiz "Sir, why call elections early? Its 3 years and 8 months."
Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "Well I said that the 4 year point is the marker and so since that was my calculus, we are not too early, in terms of that yardstick. This particular juncture though, seems to me to be right. We've had a string of elections already in this current year. Everybody knew that the election was coming sooner rather than later. It struck me that let's get it over and done with, so that whoever wins can then concentrate fully on the business of governance, on the business of development, on the business of improving people's lives. If the longer I had waited, the more difficult it would have been to continue to focus on issues of governance - all important issues of governance. I hate to put it like this, but to some extent, the fact that this was an election season, was a distraction and if we had prolong it, if we had extended it, a great deal beyond today's date, it would have meant that that distraction would have been compounded."
Daniel Ortiz "Is it also an issue of your striking when the Opposition party seems to be at its weakest?"
Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "I don't know that I would make that sort of a judgement that the Opposition party is at its weakest. I am sure that I heard the Leader of the Opposition say a week or two ago, that, he acknowledges that it is the right of the Prime Minister to call the elections at any time and that he and his party are going to be ready. So, that really doesn't have a great deal to do with the timing."
Daniel Ortiz "When in 1993, when they called elections early, it spelled disaster for them. Is that a concern on your mind that you may also be walking into that same trap?"
Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "Not at all. Otherwise I wouldn't called the elections so early. Remember that, the circumstances that were present that occurred when the People's United Party went so early, can hardly be repeated."
The November 4th. 2015 Election will be three years, 7 months and 28 days after the March 7, 2012 election. It is, as we noted, the earliest election ever - beating out the PUP's previous 1993 record by 58 days. The then George Price Government called elections on June 30, 1993, which was 3 years 9 months and 26 days after the September 1989 election. The PUP famously went unto to narrowly lose that election - even though they won the popular vote.
The Nitty Gritty Behind The Earliest Election Ever
The Governor General has issued a Writ of Election for the General Election on Wednesday 4th November 2015. The offIcial announcement says, quote, "Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. Nominations for persons wishing to contest the election will be received on Friday, 16th October 2015 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the various Nomination Centers, Countrywide."
Only those who registered on or before 10th September 2015 will be allowed to vote.
At 3 years and eight months, it's the earliest into a term that any government of Belize has ever called general elections, and yesterday evening in Belmopan, the press grilled the PM for a clear answer on why so early. Here's more from that exchange:
Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "I hate to put it like this, but to some extent, the fact that this was an election season, was a distraction and if we had prolong it, if we had extended it, a great deal beyond today's date, it would have meant that that distraction would have been compounded. We are confident that this is the time to go and we are confident that people will re-elect us."
As you heard last night, Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca told us that the reason he suspects that the Prime Minister is calling early elections is because he is trying to head off the political fall out from some of his Government's recent decisions. So is that the reason? The Prime Minister was asked yesterday if he is trying to get re-elected before the Caribbean Court of Justice judgments on the BTL and BEL Nationalizations are delivered. He bristled at that suggestion:
Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "Who tells you that the decision would be between October and November? Sir, as far as I can tell you are not going to get a decision for well over a year. So that was not feature in our thinking at all. Look I don't want to sound at all dismissive of the opposition. I don't want to sound cocky. I don't want to sound over confident. Of course in any campaign stones will be flung, allegations will be made. There will be an effort to make some issue develop legs. But I am completely satisfied that the bigger picture which is the tremendous record of achievement that's there for all to see when it comes to the UDP, that that is what is going to prevail and so I have no doubt that the UDP is going to do extremely well and I repeat confident that the people of this country are absolutely ready to re-elect the United Democratic Party. Let us be absolutely clear, the timing of our general elections has to do with our local circumstances. There is no external element of consideration that figure in that time."
What role with Lord Michael Ashcroft play in the outcome of these elections - given that he has been a finance game changer in Belizean politics in the past. We asked the Prime Minister his funding the Opposition is a concern, in the wake of the BTL settlement - which should leave Lo9rd Ashcroft with ample reserves to wage political warfare. Here's what the PM had to say:
Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "I don't know who is going to be contributing what to whom and all I will say is that we are focused on winning these elections. We are satisfied that we have enough wherewithal, enough resources to mount the kid of campaign that we need to and we are convinced that ultimately the winner of these elections is going to be the party that the people of this country believe will do or continue to do the best job for our nation. While money cannot be discounted, ultimately if people are with you - once Belizeans have made up their minds and I think they are going to do so on the basis of sound and sober judgement. No money can cause the election to go other than the way it should."
Reporter "The other side of that, the BCWU seems to suggest that you may have accepted some monies from Ashcroft in terms of campaign financing."
Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "In the past or you mean now currently?"
Reporter "During the meeting."
Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "I completely dismissed that."
As is the norm with every election, whether general or municipal, there are a list of do’s and don’ts for Election Day, and enforcement for the November fourth general elections will be no different.
The Election and Boundaries Commission will ensure that people abide by the rules, which include no selling of liquor during voting hours, and no active campaigning within the 100-yard line at polling stations.
Before the big day, however, will be Nomination Day, set for Friday, October 16. A press release from the Government’s Press Office states that nominations of persons contesting the elections will be received between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on that day at the various nomination centers throughout the country.
For Election Day, November fourth, polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. after which counting will take place. This means that only those persons who were already in the line at the time the polls close will be allowed to cast their votes.
A release from the Government’s Press Office quotes section 57(1) of the Representation of the People Registration Rules which states:
“The persons entitled to vote at the election of a divisional representative shall be those persons whose names appear on the register for that division as existing on the Nomination Day.”
The release further states that only the names of persons who were registered on or prior to September 10, 2015 will appear on the register and are eligible to vote in the elections.
It explains that persons who applied to be registered after September 10, 2015 would not have gone through the process required by law by Nomination Day.
The registers for the electoral divisions are posted at the Elections and Boundaries offices throughout the country and people are advised to visit these offices and check the register before Election Day.
Nomination Day photos Nomination Day for the upcoming 2015 General Elections are currently being held across the country. Here in the Belize Rural South Constituency, nominations are taking place at the San Pedro Town Council. First to be nominated was the People’s United Party candidate, Jose “Elito” Arceo. Nominating Arceo were Gualberto “Wally” Nuñez, Marina Graniel, Edwardo “Giovanni” Solorzano, Ricardo Aguilar, Seleny Pott and Patricia Marin. “I am humbled by the support everyone has given us in San Pedro and Caye Caulker. Thank you very much for coming out and supporting the PUP during nomination day. We are ready to take back this country,” said Arceo.
Belize Progressive Party’s Nominations in the Belize Rural South Nominations in the Belize Rural South Constituency continue with the Belize Progressive Party’s candidate Robert “Bobby” Lopez. The BPP is a new political party, consisting of members from the Visions Inspired by the People, People’s National Party, We the People and other independent candidates. Lopez was nominated by Leilani Lopez Paz, Felipe Paz, Martin Dawson, Luis Cordova and Hilberto Sanchez. “We are planting the seed of change. This is a historical election, never before in the political history of Belize has there been a formidable third alternative for the two mass parties. It is now up to the people to decide,” said Lopez.
People’s United Party parade The People’s United Party was the first to parade through the streets of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye today as they followed the lead of PUP Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South, Elito Arceo.
With Nomination Day for the upcoming General Elections 2015 on November 4 being held across the country today, Belize Rural South nominations are taking place in San Pedro Town. First to head to the San Pedro Town Council to be nominated was Mr. Jose Elito Arceo who was nominated by Gualberto Nunez, Giovanni Solorzano, Marina Graniel, Patricia Marin, Ricardo Aguilar and Seleny Pott.
“Today as I was officially nominated as the PUP candidate to represent Belize Rural South, I have to say I was moved and touched by the tremendous out pouring of support and encouragement. I WILL be the change we need and I WILL be the voice we deserve! Muchas gracias a todos!” commented Elito Arceo.
The last contender for the Belize Rural South Constituency has been officially nominated The incumbent United Democratic Party’s candidate, Manuel Heredia Jr. was nominated by San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Juana Julia Martinez, Fernando Sosa, Ralph Humes, Maura Marina Fonzalez and Susana Cecelia Flores. “I feel extremely happy to have the full support of my family, friends and the community of both Caye Caulker and San Pedro. Let us continue this harmony that we have manifested. Let us make sure that we continue to bring our islands to the highest level, particularly in tourism. The best is yet to come,” said Heredia.
Candidates officially nominated for 2015 General Elections On Friday, October 16th the 31 constituencies that make up Belize held Nomination Day to officially submit the names of the candidates who will be contesting the upcoming General Elections. With elections scheduled for Wednesday, November 4th, three candidates are now officially in the running for Area Representative of the Belize Rural South (BRS). Contestants representing the People’s United Party (PUP), United Democratic Party (UDP) and the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) appeared before Returning Officer Martin Alegria and Election Clerk Leodan Torres at the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) where they were nominated by six registered voters of BRS.
Please note the San Pedro BRS Standard Bearer debate has been rescheduled for Friday, October 23rd. 7PM at the Sunbreeze Conference room, only ticket holders will be admitted. It will also be aired live on Reef Radio/TV.
Meet your Belize Rural South Standard Bearer Candidates!
The San Pedro Sun has taken the opportunity to present the Standard Bearers candidates seeking votes from the Belize Rural South Constituency.
Name: Jose “Elito” Arceo
Representing Party: PUP
What is your vision for Belize Rural South? My vision for this area is to make it an area of opportunity and growth that will have long term sustainability. Caye Caulker and San Pedro are two of the most popular destinations in not only the country but in the world. We will insure this continued popularity and also grow them as destinations by doing our best to promote and protect our two most valuable resources, our environment and our people. These elements are what bring people to our islands so we must protect the environment that attracts visitors and at the same time provide adequate support to our people who welcome the world to their islands with open arms. The other part of my vision has to do with creating the proper infrastructure on our islands to guarantee long term sustainability of our communities.
Name: Jose Manuel Heredia Jr.
Representing Party: UDP
What is your vision for Belize Rural South? My vision for Belize Rural South is for every child to be educated and that all housing and health needs are met. And for our island to continue to provide jobs and prosperity for all its residents.
What do you see as the four most critical issues in Belize Rural South; how do you propose to address them and in what time frame? With five years, traffic, continuous road completion, need for more schools and controlling effects of climate change will be addressed with consultancy and collaboration of the San Pedro Town Council and lobbying with Central Government. I will keep residents well informed of all developments.
Name: Robert “Bobby” Lopez
Representing Party: BPP
What is your vision for Belize Rural South? My vision is to establish Belize Rural South into the most vibrant, democratically managed, progress oriented and economically viable constituency in the entire country.
What do you see as the four most critical issues in Belize Rural South; how do you propose to address them and in what time frame? Housing; Job creation, Education and Environment
Click here to read the rest of this excellent article in the San Pedro Sun
The rules of Election Day remain the same as that of past years. All political parties and candidates are expected to conduct themselves in a civil manner while abiding by the rules agreed on. No political booths or political banners will be allowed within the 100-yard polling area. Members of the media will also need to maintain the same distance from the polls and wait for an election officer to feed them with information.
In San Pedro, Polling Area 37 will be at the San Pedro High School (SPHS), with 15 polling stations broken down in alphabetical order. The 100-yard area will extend around the circumference of the school’s property. The restricted area will include sections of Spider Lily Street which runs from the beach to the junction of Laguna Drive. As for residents of Caye Caulker, they will be casting their votes at Polling Area 34 and 38 which is the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School. Polling Area 34 and 38, will be broken down into two polling stations. The BRS constituency is made up of Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and St. George’s Caye with a total of 8,749 registered voters. A total of 7,844 votes are registered in Ambergris Caye, while 905 are registered for both Caye Caulker and St. George’s Caye.
The process for voting will be as usual; electors can only vote for one of the three candidates that will appear on the ballot in alphabetical order. If an elector votes for more than one person, the ballot will be discarded. In order to make the election process easier, electorates are encouraged to have with them their Voter’s Registration Card (ID) on Election Day or any other form of identification. At the polling area, the polling stations will be labeled with letters corresponding to the first letter of the elector’s surname, directing which line he/she should take to cast their vote.
Inside the polling station the elector will be required to present a form of identification. If the person does not have an identification his/her name will be searched in the Elections and Boundaries Department Voter’s Binders to verify the identity of the person. When the elector’s identity has been found, his/her name will be called out loud. Next, the person will dip his/her index finger of his right hand into violet colored ink. Then the person will be issued with a ballot that has the signature of the Presiding Officer. The elector will then proceed to the booth and cast his/her vote and fold the ballot paper. He/she then holds up the folded ballot paper for the election’s clerk to show the signature of the Presiding Officer and then the completed ballot is placed into a ballot box. If for some reason the elector cannot vote for him/herself, the Presiding Officer will allow a family member to accompany the elector to assist him/her in casting their vote.
Polls countrywide will open at 6AM for voting to start at 7AM and closed at 6PM.
Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun
And so that ends the news - this last newscast before the big day - when for us in Belize, it will seem as if the world stands still while 16 of 31 divisions dominate the nation's attention. Tomorrow we'll team up with KREM TV and Radio to have all day, all night coverage - but to get you warmed up - here's a pre-game teaser.
196 thousand, 587 voters from Corozal North to Toledo West will vote at about 150 polling stations countrywide.
Numerically, the largest division is Belmopan, with over nine thousand voters, while Stan Creek West and Belize Rural South are second and third. In terms of area on the map, the largest division is Belize Rural South, followed by Toledo East and Orange Walk South. The smallest in size are Mesopotamia, Pickstock, Queen Square, and Fort George.
Three of those are also the safest seats in the country - and you can guess which one isn't - that's Pickstock where incumbent Wilfred Sedi Elrington has come under heavy fire. His division is one of the battlegrounds, on par with Orange Walk East, Corozal Bay, Cayo Central, Freetown and Belize Rural Central. Whoever wins those seats, is likely to win it all…and we'll know how it's trending by around 9:30 pm. But it starts much earlier, tomorrow morning at 6:00 am, when you can join me along with Mose Hyde, Daedra Haylock and Jules Vasquez as we begin the coverage of COVAD 2015. We've got a national team of correspondents - and a colourful team of analysts - who will provide insight and information unmatched. So join us starting at 6:00 am - just a few hours' time….
Goodnight, get some rest and join us back here tomorrow.
Police Won’t Play On Election Day In City
In Belize City police are taking all measures to ensure an incident free election day. Today, officer commanding EASTERN DIVISION southside Chester Williams told us what role his police will be playing:
Sr. Supt Chester Williams - Commander, Eastern Division Southside "I must say first and foremost that in Belize City, we still have it better than those in the north and the West. While we may see some persons in Belize City behaving aggressively as the approach closer to the day of the election. In terms of incidents that are a result of political campaigning or political affiliations - we have not had much of those and in terms of the signs being vandalized and so forth, we are not having much of those either. Yes we get a few little complaints about people putting signs over others and these sort of things, but my thing is that I have said before in an interview, for members of political parties who are contesting the election to be responsible adults and if you see another person's sign in an area, the lamppost is big enough and can accommodate more than one, two or three signs. And there is no need for one to want to put their sign over another person's sign. So we continue to monitor that, but as I have said also, we do not have time to be chasing those types of things. We have bigger things to deal with. In terms of our preparations for tomorrow, I will say that myself and Miss Phillips, who are the two commanders in Eastern Division, we have met with our officers on south and north side of Belize City and we have explained to them what their roles and functions are as it relates to election duties because at the end of the day, we want to ensure that persons who go out to vote, that they can go and exercise their franchise without being impeded by any persons who may want to commit or perpetrate any criminal act against them. Unlike nomination day, all our police officers will be working; there will be no day-offs. Those officers on day-offs and those on short leave will be recalled back to duty. So on that day, we will be at full strength and each and every polling station will have its own compliment of officers. And separate and apart from that, the ordinary relief duties being conducted by respective precincts on both south and north side, Belize City will be working as routine, meaning that they will be out there covering the various hotspots that they normally cover. And we will be having as well, mobile patrols in the various hotspots and around the polling areas. In addition to that, we will be having officers from the GSU, officers from the Special Patrol Unit and the MIT, who will come in to assist us in order for us to be able to put out more vehicular patrol to cover the city as much as we can. As I have said before, we do not want anyone to go out to vote and become the victim of a crime. And those persons who we know have the propensity of committing crime, we will be monitoring them and when need arise, we will target them as well."
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