Nomination Day on October twenty-first will be a subdued affair due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 across the country. Traditionally, Nomination Day has been one of the biggest attractions for supporters of both major parties as throngs of stalwarts take to the principal streets of cities and towns to cheer on their candidates and show muscle as sign of what is come to come on Election Day. But the COVID pandemic has changed things and while there is no confirmation if the P.U.P. will hold one, the U.D.P. says that Wednesday will be relatively calm and devoid of the fanfare that has come to be expected. Despite contemplating a small motorcade in Belize City, newly sworn in U.D.P. Leader Patrick Faber says that preventing the spread of COVID-19 is the most responsible thing for the party to do at a time like this.
Patrick Faber, Party Leader, U.D.P.
“It is what is required by the Elections and Boundaries [Department]. As we’ve said, we will do certainly the bare minimum to get our candidates nominated, that is that each of our candidates will present themselves at the nomination station and as you know, whereas in the past, the nominations were done at, in some cases, one center for the district. On this occasion, I think every constituency has its own nomination station and so our candidates will definitely present themselves there with the six electors to nominate their candidacy and that will be done with very little if any fanfare. No motorcades because we believe that these kinds of activities draw the attention of crowds. Even if we say we will do a small motorcade or we encourage even more to join in, this is people getting together. There has to be checks and balances to see how many people should be in a vehicle. You might have situations where people gather on the street side and we have gatherings that we cannot control or that we cannot take into account and so the party at the NPC on Saturday discussed this matter at great length and agreed that we will do the responsible thing, and it pains us because we live for nomination day. This is an activity where the party can show its muscle and trust me, we are very, very muscled at this time and we can flex that muscle but we are deciding instead to do the safe thing and to do the responsible thing by not creating a situation where the spread of COVID-19 can be helped.”
From the office of the Commissioner of Police, re: Nomination Day 2020
It has been brought to our attention that some political parties are inviting supporters to congregate at a certain location prior to, their Nomination Day motorcade.
May I remind all that the Quarantine Regulation clearly prohibits any gathering larger than ten (10) persons at any given time. The police therefore will be out in full force to enforce the provisions of the Quarantine Regulation and any other laws that may be violated.
We thus call on all political parties to act responsibly, abide by the laws and to avoid confrontation with law enforcement. Any confrontation will put our already strained department at greater risk and strain.
Let us all do our part to minimize the spread of this virus within our communities.
Re: Subdued Nomination Day, No Bells and Whistles
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Nomination Day: PUP and UDP candidates officially nominated for upcoming General Elections
Prior to every political election in Belize, there is a Nomination Day in which candidates running for a particular constituency are nominated and in tandem, show their party’s strength via mass parades. This year, neither of the two main political parties had that option, as no motorcades or mass gatherings are allowed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, Nomination Day in the Belize Rural South (BRS) constituency (Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker), on Wednesday, October 21st, saw restricted fanfare as the People’s United Party (PUP) and the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) officially submitted the names of their candidates (Andre Perez and Manuel Heredia Jr.) to contest the upcoming General Elections on November 11, 2020.
The PUP was first in heading to the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), where their candidate Andre Perez was nominated by the required six registered voters (nominators) of BRS. After 10AM, party supporters stood six feet apart with PUP flags along the sidewalk cheering as Perez and his nominators walked east-ward on Tarpon Street. They waved along the way as they turned left onto Barrier Reef Drive heading to the SPTC building.
Shortly after 1:30PM, UDP candidate, Manuel Heredia Jr., walked barefooted on Pescador Drive followed by his supporters, who chanted and played music until they arrived at the SPTC. Heredia and his nominators entered the building while his supporters waited outside. He was officially nominated by Abel Dorado, Wilfredo Alamilla, Gabriela Miranda, Albert Dunn, Eva Lopez and Lillian Marin.
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San Pedro PUP Dancing In The Street After their candidate Andre Perez was nominated. This is the one that caught eyes and turned heads - but Perez remained focussed on what he believes is a real chance at victory in a division that the PUP hasn't won since 1998. He spoke to the San Pedro Sun:
UDP Candidate Dancing Barefeet In Street And while the PUP were dancing in he street - the UDP incumbent went to be nominated in barefeet. Proving that that he has "pies de piedra", Heredia walked to the nomination centre at the San Pedro Town council on the hot pavement without shoes - and then, when he was finished, came down and shimmied for the San Pedranos:
Manuel Heredia Jr. has been officially nominated to defend his seat at the upcoming general elections on November 11th.
Incumbent United Democratic Party candidate for Belize Rural South, Manuel Heredia Jr. walks barefoot to nomination centre.
Nomination Day. UDP Standard Bearer, Manuel Heredia Jr. heads to the San Pedro Town Council to be officially nominated as running for Belize Rural South UDP Slate. Belize General Elections are scheduled for November 11, 2020.
It's Nomination Day. PUP Standard Bearer Andre Perez visited the San Pedro Town Council to be officially nominated as running for Belize Rural South PUP Slate. Belize General Elections are scheduled for November 11.
NOMINATION DAY 2020 PUP CANDIDATE
NOMINATION DAY 2020 UDP CANDIDATE
More Sights and Sounds from Nomination Day 2020
On Wednesday night, we had extensive coverage of how nomination day went for the political parties in most areas of the country. Tonight, we have a recap of the north, south and Belize Rural Central