We've been showing you the sales pitch from Opposition, PUP, and the Belize Progressive Party about why voters should choose them over the ruling United Democratic Party. But, the UDP has not yet unveiled any sort of major leadership or governance plans, if they were to win a 4th term in office.
So, while we had the opportunity today, we asked the UDP Chairman to discuss a little about his party's campaign strategy for these elections. Here's what he had to say about what their approach has been behind the scenes:
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte - Chairman, UDP
"We know that all we can do is to campaign, work hard, demonstrate to the people why we are clearly a better option than the PUP, and we do our best to convince the people of that. We know that elections will be some time in November. The Prime Minister has indicated that. So, we have to be prepared for that. We put in all that we need to put in. We are confident that the people can see the clear difference between the UDP and the PUP, and that people, we are confident, will give back the UDP the job to manage the economy properly as we have been doing. But, elections are for the people, so on that day, the people will decide who wants to govern them for the next 5 years from a central government standpoint.
"Sir, what has the campaign for the area reps and standard-bearers of the UDP looked like? We've been living in this pandemic for a number of months, and you can't necessarily go house to house, and visit people like you would normally."
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte
"Well, it's been different. We've had to find creative ways to reach people, and people understand completely that we're living in a different time, and people understand completely that we have to do it in a different style and fashion. So, the reception has nonetheless been excellent. People understand that we can't be out there as usual. Our people do love the have those rallies: Pound Yard Bridge, in front of the Headquarters. That's what we all love. But, our safety is more important than anything else."
"Is there any consideration from yourself that maybe voters my be lolling your party into a false sense of security, and that they surprise you on election day?"
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte
"Well, you never know what will happen on election day. If I could tell you what would happen on election day, I would go and buy all the numbers for Boledo. You can't tell. On election day, that's for the people to decide. They will decide, and we all have to live with what the people decide."
Reports suggest that a house meeting could be happening this Friday - and there are rumours - without confirmation - that the PM could announce an election date at that meeting. Again, not confirmed - but we'll wait and see.