Tuesday, October 6th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: The United Democratic Party (UDP) announced on Monday that former People’s United Party (PUP) mayoral candidate for the City of Belmopan, Jose Chacon, has resigned from the PUP and endorsed the UDP and incumbent John Saldivar.
A statement from Chacon accompanying the Party’s release says he that thought that when running under the PUP banner earlier this year that the PUP had sincerely changed from the entity that was rejected in 2008, but he has since come to recognize that the PUP has not changed and the same people – current leader Francis Fonseca and former leader Said Musa – are in charge and have taken the party away from the vision of the late Rt. Hon. George Price.
Chacon says he now endorses and supports Saldivar, will campaign for him, and encourage his supporters to do the same. He says this is because the UDP has a record both in Belmopan and across the nation.
Chacon and his team lost the March election to incumbent Khalid Belisle as part of a UDP sweep of 65 of the 67 seats available on the municipal councils. After winning the inaugural election and another under Anthony Chanona, the PUP have not won an election in Belmopan since; neither have they won the Belmopan seat since Agripino Cawich’s death shortly after the 2003 general elections led to a by-election in Cayo South won by Saldivar.
The constituency was partitioned in time for the 2008 election and the PUP regained Cayo South in 2012 under incumbent Julius Espat, who is being challenged by Ralph Huang for the November 4 elections.
Later on Monday evening the PUP’s Belmopan Executive Committee issued a response, saying that while it “regrets” Chacon’s decision, it represents, quote, “a clear manifestation of the desperation and anxiety of the UDP Area Representative to infiltrate and take advantage of those who are in dire financial need.” End quote.
According to the Committee, Chacon may well come to regret what they call his “mercenary act.” It warns that and we quote, “The fate of political defectors is not easy: spurned and distrusted by their communities and in turn treated with disrespect, contempt and disdain by those to whom they pledge sudden loyalty. It is not an easy road and so we wish him well.” End quote.
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