PUP Sweeps Town Board Elections. San Pedro Elects 6 PUP
Councilors, 1 UDP
In a hotly contested, but peaceful election, San Pedro electors chose a new
town board on Tuesday, March 11th. In a repeat of the 1994 town board
election, the split vote (approximately 300) determined the outcome of the
election with 6 People's United Party (PUP) candidates and one United
Democratic Party (UDP) emerging as San Pedro's new town board. The new town
board consists of the following successful PUP candidates: Jose Elito Arceo
(996 votes); Alberto "Beto" Nunez (980 votes); Omar Guerrero (975 votes);
Eiden Salazar (964 votes); Normando "Mandy" Castillo (957 votes; Pedro
"Pete" Ayuso (945 votes) and UDP candidate and former mayor Manuel Heredia,
Jr. (952 votes).
|The UDP (front) and the PUP (seated)
shared the Town Hall Conference Room on Nomination Day
The results for the unsuccessful candidates are as follows ; Hector
Trejo (PUP) - 924 votes; Felipe Paz, Jr. (UDP) - 903 votes; Severo Guerrero
(UDP) - 896 votes; Juan Alamilla (UDP) - 886 votes; Fidel Ancona (UDP) -
878 votes; Romel "Nestor" Gomez (UDP) - 830 votes and Cecelia "Ceci" Lara
(UDP) - 782 votes.
6,741 votes were cast for the PUP; 6,127 for the UDP. 2,319 electors
were eligible to vote in San Pedro, a significant increase over the 1994
figure of approximately 1,717 electors. In 1994, 80.74% of those eligible voted.
Other towns in Belize also voted PUP down the line, completely changing
the political line-up in the country. A close count in San Ignacio resulted
in a re-count that continued until 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, when the
UDP conceded that town also. Every municipality in the country is now PUP
controlled. Previously, all towns had UDP boards with the exception of the
Belize City Council.
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