Thursday, June 11th, 2015. BMG: Will the People’s United Party (PUP) contest the upcoming Dangriga by-election? Nothing has been decided, but even the possibility that the party may pull out has surprised many, not least of all the party’s own supporters. Some have spoken out on social media, particularly the mayor of Orange Walk Town, Kevin Bernard.
Mayor Bernard’s Facebook post asks whether, if this is how the party decides, “then I need to respectfully ask if those making the decisions, or giving the advice, are doing so based on the will of the people or just the will of a few. If it is so, then I fear that we can be accused of being completely out of touch with the reality on the ground. If it is so, I fear we may have lost our way.”
The Mayor contends that “we in the People’s United Party stand and fight to the last second, and for the last ballot. This is who we are and what we do. WE proudly serve our people in the best of times and in the worst of times. WE do not put our tails between our legs and run away when the going gets tough.
Bernard expressed concern that the party seemed to be abandoning its people: “But just as our people in the trenches out here fight for us, they expect us to fight with them. Our people expect us as leaders to stand by their side. How could we ever convince voters that we will fight for them in Belmopan if we run away from a by-election in Dangriga?”
As an example, Bernard points to his own. The PUP won town council elections there by 5 to 2 in March, the sole municipality to vote for the PUP and the only one still in PUP control. Bernard says, “WE are here because we fought hard and we fought well. We did not run when we heard the words PetroCaribe. We did not hide when the UDPs came out in force with all their millions. We stood. We battled. And we won.”
No decision has been made by the party’s executive.
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