Blue Tsunami Sweeps Away UDP 26-5
General Elections yesterday were decisive - and the PUP crushed the UDP - ending the count with a margin of 26 for the blue, and five for the red.
That's the exact number that that the UDP were swept into office with in 2008, when the PUP were basically chased out of Belmopan.
Well, now the shoe is on the other foot and after almost 13 years of UDP - voters rejected the red with maximum disdain - giving the PUP historic mandates in many divisions - which we'll tell you about later on.
But, if you want a snapshot of the total domination, tonight, this is how the political map of Belize looks - a sea of blue with only a small snatch of red - in Corozal North and in the city's micro-divisions of Collet, Mesopotamia, Queen Square and Albert.
Apart from that, the country is completely blue in the Cayo, Toledo and Stann Creek Districts.
Indeed the red's have been wiped out from historical dominance to devastation - where the margin of victory in many divisions is historicPUP's Cumulative Margin Largest in Post Independence History
Like the rest of 2020, yesterday's general elections was unprecedented. Despite a pandemic, and floodwaters in some areas that still have not receded, an impressive 82% of voters came out to exercise their right.
And 58% of those voters chose blue as PUP won 26 out of 31 seats, leaving the UDP with only five seats with 38% of all ballots cast.
Statistically, this is a bigger swing than in 2008 when the UDP routed the PUP. In that election PUP managed to get 40% of the total vote; in this election the UDP got only 38%.
In 2008, when it won 26 seats, the UDP won 56% of the vote, yesterday the PUP got 58%.
In post-independence history, that mark is bested only by the PUP in 1998 when it routed the UDP 26 to 3 and got 59% of the vote.The Swings Were Astonishing and Historic
he scale of the PUP's victory was formidable, but the extent of the swing in some areas is just astonishing - as in Lake Independence- which we told you about before the break.
Using this neat tool created by TBSL using stats form the elections and boundaries department, starting in the Freetown Division, Francis Fonseca was able to increase his margin of victory over the UDP candidate significantly. In 2015, he defeated Dr. Carla Barnett by 418 votes. In the polls yesterday, he defeated OJ Elrington by 1,155 votes.
In Caribbean Shores, Kareem Musa was able to gain significant ground in his second General Elections win. In 2015, he defeated Darrell Bradley by 56 votes, and yesterday against Lee Mark Chang, he won by a margin of 707 votes.
Pickstock now has a new Area Representative, PUP's Anthony Mahler, which means that the division has gone blue. Back in 2015, it stayed Red under UDP's Wilfred Sedi Elrington, who defeated PUP Francis Smith by 78 votes. Mahler, who will become a first time parliamentarian, won the division against UDP's "Boots" Martinez by 1,996 votes. This five to one margin is Martinez's biggest defeat at the polls yet.
In Fort George, PUP's Henry Charles Usher managed to defend this usually-safe PUP seat against UDP's Melvin Hewlett, and he won the division by 484 votes.
In the Albert Division, UDP's Tracy Taegar-Panton won her 2nd General Elections against PUP's Paul Thompson by 41 votes. Thompson closed the gap significantly because, in 2015, he lost his first election to Panton by 342 votes.
In Queen Square, the Barrow family's electoral success was uninterrupted, although this time around, the race was much closer than in 2015. Denise "Sista B" Barrow, who replaced former Prime Minister Dean Barrow as the UDP's candidate, defeated PUP's Allan Pollard by 331 votes. Back in 2015, Dean Barrow's last General Election, he won the division against PUP's Anthony Sylvestre by 1,748 votes.
In Mesopotamia, another UDP stronghold, Shyne Barrow was able to keep the division under the red constituency, but he won it against Dr. Candice Pitts by 159 votes. In 2015, Barrow's uncle, the now-retired Michael Finnegan, won the division against PUP's Dorla Vaughan by 1,188 votes.
In Lake Independence, PUP's Cordel Hyde won yesterday by an even bigger margin than in 2015. He defeated UDP's Dianne Finnegan by 3,180 votes. In 2015, he defeated his then opponent, UDP's Mark King, by 1,999 votes.
In Collet, UDP Leader Patrick Faber lost ground in this election, although he was able to hold on to his divisional seat. He defeated PUP's Oscar Arnold by 692 votes, but in 2015, he defeated his then opponent, PUP's Yasmin Shoman, by 1,082 votes.
In Port Loyola, PUP's Gilroy Usher Jr. won his first election, after defeating UDP's Phillip Willoughby by 803 votes. Back in 2015, when he ran against "Boots" Martinez, he lost by 76 votes.
In Belize Rural North, UDP's Edmond Castro lost his first general election, after winning the division for 3 consecutive terms. In 2015, Castro defeated PUP's Lloyd Jones by 400 votes, but yesterday, PUP's Marconi Leal unseated him as Area Rep. after topping the polls by 670 votes.
In Belize Rural Central, UDP's Beverly Williams lost her second general elections to PUP's Dolores Balderamos-Garcia. Garcia won yesterday by 1,243 votes. In 2015, Williams became a first-term parliamentarian after defeating Dolores by 58 votes.
In Belize Rural South, UDP's Manuel Heredia Jr. failed to convince his constituents to elect him for a 5th term in office. He lost to PUP's Andre Perez by 1,914 votes. In 2015, He defeated PUP's Jose "Elito" Arceo by 1,122 votes.
In Corozal Bay, UDP's Pablo Marin, who was pushing for his 4th consecutive win in the division, lost instead to PUP's David "Dido" Vega by 408 votes. In 2015, Marin defeated PUP's Gregorio "Papas" Garcia by 146 votes.
In Corozal South West, PUP's Ramiro Ramirez denied UDP's Dr. Angel Campos a second term in office, after winning the election by 756 votes. In 2015, Campos defeated Ramirez by 219 votes.
In Orange Walk Central, John Briceno won his 7th election yesterday by defeated UDP's Denny Grijalva by 762 votes. In 2015, Briceno defeated Grijalva by 623 votes.
In Orange Walk North, Ramon Monchi Cervantez won his first general elections after defeating UDP's Carlos Zetina by 1,415 votes. In 2015, Cervantez lost to UDP's Gaspar Vega by 489 votes.
In Orange Walk East, Mayor Kevin Bernard won his first general election, and now he upgrades from municipal government to central government. He defeated the UDP's Elodio Aragon Jr. by 665. In 2015, Aragon become an area rep. for the first time, after defeating PUP's Josue Carballo by 547 votes.
In Orange Walk South, PUP's Jose Mai won his third term as Area Rep., after defeating UDP's Guadalupe Dyck Magana by 1,411. In 2015, the race was very close when Mai won by only 62 votes.
In Cayo North East, PUP's Orlando Habet defeated John August Jr. by 1,322 votes.
In Belmopan, PUP's Oscar Mira successfully unseated the incumbent, UDP's John Saldivar after winning by 2,168 votes.
In Cayo South, PUP's Julius Espat held on to his parliamentary seat for a 3rd term, after winning the election by 2,958 votes.
In Dangriga, Dr. Louis Zabaneh won his first general election after defeating the Incumbent, UDP's Frank "Papa" Mena, by 1,099 votes.
In Toledo West, Oscar Requena won his 3rd term, after defeated Dr. Simeon Coc by 1,477 votes.
In Corozal, UDP's Hugo Patt managed to win his 3rd consecutive term in office, and this time around, he increased his margins against his opponent, PUP's David Castillo. Yesterday, Patt defeated Castillo by 916 votes, but in 2015, he defeated Castillo by 493 votes.
In Corozal South East, PUP Florencio Marin Jr. won his 4th term as Area Rep. after defeating UDP's "Tony" Herrera by 799 votes. In 2015, Marin Jr. defeated UDP's Evan Mateo Cowo by 164 votes.
In Corozal South West, PUP's Ramiro Ramirez denied UDP's Dr. Angel Campos a second term in office, after winning the election by 756 votes. In 2015, Campos defeated Ramirez by 219 votes.Channel 7
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