Frank “Papa” Mena is the new Dangriga area representative

Wednesday, July 08, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Just after nine this evening, returning officer Colin Griffith announced from Sacred Heart Parish Hall that United Democratic Party candidate for today’s by-election in the Dangriga division, Frank “Pawpa” Mena, had received 2,164 of 3,738 votes or 57.89%. Opponent from the People’s United Party (PUP), Anthony Sabal, received 1,526 votes; Belize Green Independent Party (BGIP) candidate Llewellyn Lucas received 14 votes, and there were 34 rejected ballots. 11692640_841514989268408_1808521048478918034_n

Turnout for voting at the six polling stations in town and the villages of Hope Creek and Sarawee started low and only picked up after 2 in the afternoon. The final turnout was just under 60% (59.57%) of registered voters, 6,275.

In accepting victory, Mena said he persevered despite a “negative and nasty” campaign by his opponents, and emphasized that he ran a positive campaign addressing the needs of his constituents. He emphasized that he is not going anywhere and will be in it for the long haul.

Defeated candidate Sabal paid tribute to his staff and workers, saying that their accomplishments “will go down in history.” He too said he would not abandon his people and credited support from the national party executive for the closer than expected result and believes he can do even more in a one on one battle in the general election.

Early reconciliation showed that the key area of Lakeland, polling area 95, had gone mostly to the UDP with Sabal winning one box. Mena won most of the other boxes handily, securing victory fairly early before any box had been officially counted.

UDP leader and Prime Minister Dean Barrow said that he attributes tonight’s success to the UDP’s advantages rather than the PUP’s disadvantages including lack of finance and a short campaign season. With all of their accelerated campaigning, the Prime Minister said, voters did not, as they hoped, indicated any dissatisfaction with the UDP’s performance.

The UDP now hold 19 of 31 seats in the House of Representatives, and have now not lost an election of any kind since the 2003 general elections and municipal elections.

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One Response to Frank “Papa” Mena is the new Dangriga area representative

  1. David Acosta Reply

    July 9, 2015 at 6:52 am

    At 59.57% of voter turnout, the mass political parties need to find out what is it that they are not doing. Probably a re – registration of Voters would have given us some answer. There exists the possibility that the voters lists need some cleaning. Or could it be that Voters are disenchanted with both Political parties? This can only be found when both Parties do their postmortem of the election. If Melvin Hulse was correct as to the amount of our money being spent to attract Voters, then this did not work. General Elections appear to be just around the Corner. If the PUP wants to win the next General Elections, then they need to show us that they are serious about good governance. The 13th Senator, Public Accounts Committee, functional Integrity Commission, a more robust Ombudsman Office, Four year terms, and fixed dates for general elections are but only some of the Reforms that they need to present to the People because it is now clear that none of this will be forthcoming with the UDP.

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