Over five hours into the 2018 Municipal Elections 24,305 of 114,574 of registered voters across the country have cast their vote to elect nine new Town/City Councils. In San Pedro Town alone, 1,906 out of 8,955 residents have voted. Below is graphic showcasing of voters for Polling Area #37.
PUP takes Corozal Unofficial reports from up north indicate that the People’s United Party (PUP) have claimed the Town Council in Corozal. Unofficial reports also indicate that the PUP have won the Orange Walk Town Council as well.
United Democratic Party (UDP) San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
The United Democratic Party (UDP) celebrates victory in the 2018 Municipal Election with a 3:30AM town parade in San Pedro.
A total of 60,255 people came out and vote in today's municipal elections. 53% came out to vote Nation Wide. Therefore 47 % did not vote Nation wide.
San Pedro Red Again, Danny and Team Go for Third Term in Office
It was one of the most exciting and nail-biting municipal elections in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, history as an entire county waited on the voting results for Belize Rural South. It took almost nine hours to get the results and for the United Democratic Party to claim victory for the third consecutive term with Mayoral candidate Daniel Guerrero at the head of the UDP Red Team.
It was a super close race for the seven seats in office of the San Pedro Town Council as the People’s United Party (PUP) narrowed the gap significantly. Daniel Guerrero managed to take the Mayoral seat with only 38 more votes than Andre Perez. New PUP councilor candidates like Diane Aranda, Dina Graniel and Ruben Navidad performed exceptionally well, receiving high voters’ support.
Andre Perez - 2629
Dianeli Aranda - 2605
Johnnia Duarte - 2554
Undina ‘Dina’ Graniel - 2543
Marina Graniel Kay - 2624
Ruben Navidad - 2475
Ian Pou - 2529
San Pedro Municipal Elections 2018
The United Democratic Party wins third consecutive term under Mayoral Candidate Daniel Guerrero in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The People’s United Party concedes but not without putting up a good fight and narrowing the people’s votes.
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In the rest of the country PUP was victorious in Belize City & Corozal and Orange Walk. The UDP won in Belmopan, Benque Viejo del Carmen, Dangriga, Punta Gorda and San Ignacio/Santa Elena.
With the 2018 Municipal Elections over, discrepancies in San Pedro Town are causing concern among island residents and the People’s United Party (PUP). According to Returning Officer Catherine Cumberbatch the United Democratic Party received 19,781 votes while the People’s United Party received 17,959 with the UDP Mayor and his six councilors being declared the winners. However, allegations have surfaced that the total number of voters recorded does not match the total number of ballots counted. The San Pedro Sun is currently investigating these allegations coming out of Polling Area 37.
"The numbers just do not add up" Mayoral Candidate Andre Perez has told the media.
From Hector Silva: THERE IS A RECOUNT BEING MADE IN SAN PEDRO.
After the PUP was originally declared the winner, the UDP leaders requested for a recount, and one of the Ballot Boxes was found to have another 162 Votes which reversed the result in favor of the UDP. So now the PUP has requested a recount.
The ballots cast do not match with the Official Copies of these ballots. The election officials issued 5,134 ballots, but 5,296 ballot votes appeared in the boxes. Votes counted were 2667 for Daniel ‘Danny’ Guerrero (UDP), and 2629 for Andre Perez (PUP) equals 5,296.
A difference of 162 surplus votes.
Report from Benque Viejo del Carmen. - Numbers do not tally. Total people that voted: 3,253. Total votes Counted: 3,396
Official statement from the Government of Belize Press Office regarding the results of the San Pedro Town Council elections
Statement on Concerns Raised in Relation to the Voter Turnout for the San Pedro Town Council Election
It has come to the attention of the Elections and Boundaries Department that there exist concerns in relation to the voter turnout for the San Pedro Town Council Election held on March 7th, 2018.
The Department wishes to assure the general public that the official result of the San Pedro Town Council Election has not yet been released by the Elections and Boundaries Department. This information will only be released upon receipt of the official forms from the Returning Officer and after all figures have been checked and verified for accuracy.
The information that is presently available on the Elections and Boundaries Department website (www.elections.gov.bz) in relation to the San Pedro Town Council is the hourly count figures which the department receives at one hour intervals during polling. This information is shared with the public to keep them updated on the number of persons who have voted within an hour and is in no way to be interpreted as the official number of persons who vote in the election. This is due to the fact that at time of receiving the information, it is likely that persons are still waiting in line to cast their vote. As mentioned, no official result will be released until official documentation is presented to the Elections and Boundaries Department and checked for accuracy.
The public is advised to check the website for the official result which will be shared with the public once received, checked and verified for accuracy.
“What happened is that the returning officer submitted the amount of ballots cast up to six o’ clock,’ Prime Minister Dean Barrow said at a press conference today. "It did not include the people that were already in the line.”
The People’s United Party is taking the matter seriously so we asked Mayor Daniel Guerrero if he is worried.