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#529008 02/21/18 05:51 AM
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On Wednesday, both major political parties are expected to take out their supporters in numbers as they head to the various offices designated for nomination centers, countrywide. There, after a vetting process by the presiding officer, it becomes official for their names to be printed on the ballots for the upcoming municipal elections on March seventh. A total of sixty-seven seats are available in the nine municipalities, including two city and seven town councils. Aside from the two main political parties and the B.P.P., there is an independent mayoral candidate in the city and now an emerging party in Dangriga; the Unity Upliftment Party that has indicated it will field a slate in the south. Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai breaks down the process that the political aspirants must satisfy to qualify.

Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer

"In order for persons to qualify to get nominated, these persons, for Belize City especially, these persons have to be a citizen of Belize and a voter. In Belmopan City and the towns, you have to be a citizen of Belize and a registered voter of that municipality. And those persons, like you rightly mentioned, need to bring two persons along with them in order to nominate them. These two persons must be registered voters for the municipality. So they have to ensure that these two persons are registered voters in that municipality for you to be able to nominate somebody. Nomination commences at ten a.m. and concludes at four p.m. We had a meeting last week whereby the political parties and persons interested in contesting the elections, where it was agreed that nomination for the People's United Party will commence at ten up until twelve noon. From twelve noon, up until two, we have the B.P.P., any other interested political party and the independent candidates. Also from two up until four p.m., we have the United Democratic Party. That does not mean that if any person who wants to come and get nominated outside of their allotted time, they cannot come; they will be able to come in and do their nominations because the law provides from ten a.m. until four p.m. So it is just an agreement so that people don't have any clashes to try to separate the political parties."

No Cell Phones in the Voting Booth

Nomination Day paves the way for Election Day. The voters list for the municipal election shows that there are one hundred and fourteen thousand five hundred and seventy-four persons eligible to vote, as of January tenth, 2018 - which was the final day of registration for the voters in the March elections. There are more women than men: fifty-eight thousand three hundred and fifty-three compared to fifty-six thousand two hundred and twenty-one, who are men. There is also an increase in the younger voting population. While generally the process remains the same, Tamai says that the use of cell phones when inside the polling stations is prohibited.

Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer

"The process remains the same, but I'll tell you in terms of the issue when it comes to the use of cell phones, we've always had problems with persons attempting to use cell phones in the polling station. So this time we have gone one step further to ask the presiding officers to please ensure that they inform the voters that the use of cell phones is prohibited within the polling stations. Actually, S.I. number forty-four of 2008 is the law in force which prohibits the use of those cell phones. So we have asked the presiding officer to ensure that they inform persons to put away their cell phones because if persons are found using their cell phones within the polling stations, then the presiding officers will take action and the person will be charged. So we will encourage persons to not take your cell phones in; but the law doesn't prohibit you from taking it in, but it prohibits the use of it. So you cannot be answering a telephone call, you cannot be texting or taking photographs or doing anything because again the law prohibits the taking of photographs, recordings within the polling stations."

Channel 5

The San Pedro Town Council hereby advises the general public that its offices will be closed tomorrow, February 21st, 2018, due to Elections 2018 Nomination Day.

We will resume to regular working hours on Thursday, February 22, 2018.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Drivers are advised to avoid the town center Wednesday the 21st unless you are supporting the political parties. It will be very busy and Barrier Reef Drive will be closed as the different political parties arrive at the Town Hall to carry out the nomination process. Please be patient if you are held up and follow any instructions given by the Traffic Wardens or Police.

We also remind people that there will be NO parking outside the Town Hall. Vehicles will be removed if they are in the way. We must allow both parties free access to the Town Hall.

Thank you for your under standing.

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It's Nomination Day for Municipal Elections (March 7). Video of People's United Party Parade to Town Council

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Candidates officially nominated for Municipal Elections; will elected candidates present Financial Disclosure?

With the 2018 Municipal Elections less than two weeks away, aspiring candidates were officially nominated to run for office across the country on Wednesday, February 21st which is required under the Town Councils Act, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Belize and the applicable Regulations. In San Pedro Town, slates for both the People's United Party (PUP) and the United Democratic Party (UDP) showed party pride, with parades of supporters leading to the Town Council where the candidates were nominated. Now that the race to Election Day has officially begun, if elected, the winning candidates have three months to file their declaration of financial affairs in accordance to the Laws of Belize under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Mayor Guerrero spoke to his supporters, stating "I want to thank everyone for their huge support that you keep giving us. There is no chance for the PUP to win elections in San Pedro Town." He further said "I also want to make it clear here, in front of everybody, that I'm not going to participate in the debate with Andr� P�rez. The reason is because I don't have nothing valuable to debate with him."

While Municipal Elections are held every three years, it was not until 2007 that elected candidates were required by law to submit a Financial Disclosure. According to Part 3 of the Prevention of Corruption Act; Financial Disclosure, Section 10. (1) "A person in public life shall, in accordance with this Act, file with the Commission, a sworn declaration of assets, income and liabilities�" The law describes "persons in public life" as "(a) Members of the House of Representatives including the Speaker; (b) Members of the Senate including the President of the Senate; and (c) Members of local authorities (City Councils and Town Councils)".

However, in the political history of San Pedro Town, only one candidate has ever done so, that candidate being previously elected PUP Councilor Gualberto "Wally" Nu�ez in 2014. In the past, no other elected candidate has ever presented a declaration of financial affairs and this includes currently aspiring candidates for the UDP Daniel Guerrero and his six councilors. This election season marks Guerrero's third aspirational political term, having been elected in 2012 and 2015. Aspiring Councilors Gabriel (Gaby) Nu�ez and Severito Guerrero Jr. have also been in office for the past two terms, with the other candidates Gary Grief, Hector Alamilla, Ruben Gonzalez, and Flora Ancona having been elected into office for the first time in 2015.

The 2018 Municipal Elections will take place on Wednesday, March 7th at the San Pedro High School. Gates will open at 7AM, with only registered voters in the municipality of San Pedro Town being allowed to partake in the election process. All those exercising their right to vote are required to present a picture identification (Voter ID, Social Security Card or Passport) before entering their assigned voting station.

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Nomination Day for upcoming Municipal Elections!

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Nomination Day 2018 In San Pedro Town

The People's United Party (PUP) and crowd of supporters hit the streets around 10a.m. and paraded through the streets to downtown San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, and down to the Town Hall where nominations were carried out by Rerurning Officer Catherine Cumberbatch and Election Clerk Leodan Torres.

While the United Democratic Party marched at 1:30pm with their crowd of supporters and music by Super Furia band.

With the nominations taken place, the San Pedro Town Council has officially been dissolved, which means that no new transactions or projects can be taken by the councilors until after elections. The Town Council is only to work on the daily routines that keep the town running. Municipal elections are set for Wednesday, March 7, 2018 and the polling station will be #37 - the San Pedro High School.

PUP Mayoral Candidate:

Andre Perez: Lucilo Guerrero and Gualberto Nunez

PUP Councilor Candidates:�

Marina Kay: Conchita Flota and Leonel Reyes

Ian Pou: Ana Lopez and Martin Dawson

Dina Graniel: Miguel Samuel C�liz and Ulises Alejandro urizar�

Dianelli Aranda: Mar�a "Bina" Kumul and Miguel Perez

Johnnia Duarte: Consuelo Nunez and Luis Cesar Rivero�

Ruben Navidad: Omar Arceo and Reymundo Nunez

UDP Mayoral candidate:

Daniel Guerrero: Manuel Heredia Jr and Philip Leslie

UDP Councilor candidates:�

Severo Guerrero: Ricardo Verde and Jose Alberto Nu�ez

Gary Greif: Kristian Guerrero and Johnny Greif IV

Gabriel Nu�ez: Manuel Leiva and Richard Cordova

Flora Ancona: Ivette Ramirez and Carlos Barrientos

Hector Alamilla: Pablo Ico and Joseph Elijio

Ruben Gonzalez: Elsa Paz and Ramon Guerrero

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