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#498349 - 11/25/14 05:36 PM Bi-election to be held in Cayo North on January 5t  
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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.

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#498355 - 11/26/14 03:48 AM Re: Bi-election to be held in Cayo North on January 5t [Re: Marty]  
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New Year, New Representative For Cayo North

The New Year will start off with a bang for the voters of Cayo North - and that's because the date for the by-election has been set for the fifth of January 2015.

The Governor General has signed the writ of election - and set nomination day for 20 days from now, on Monday December 15th. The election will be held 21 days after that on Monday, January fifth.

And while that total of 41 days is fairly quick - we're told that the Barrow administration would have wished for it to be sooner - but the Christmas holidays got in the way of that plan.

That's because the UDP is already in gear with standard-bearer Omar Figueroa - while the PUP doesn't currently have a standard bearer - after Joseph Mahmud resigned from that post in mid-October. And then he made history yesterday by going one step further when he became the very first elected Area Representative to resign as a member of the National Assembly.

Why did he make this unprecedented step - and what does it say about the leadership of the PUP? A little later on in the news you'll hear what the Leader of The Opposition had to say in answer to the tough questions.

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#498368 - 11/26/14 04:49 AM Re: Bi-election to be held in Cayo North on January 5t [Re: Marty]  
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A very strange situation. A good litmus test for the Blue party:

But for a smile....Boots is predicting a PUP "thrashing". I think I agree with the Honourable Gentleman:

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