Thursday, October 22nd, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: The People’s United Party (PUP) has delivered its plan of action for the next four years in a manifesto entitled “Power to the People,” which it says encompasses and summarizes its plans and objectives for the people who it hopes will return them to Government in the next fourteen days.
The main promises the party are making to Belizeans, as presented by its leader, Francis Fonseca, include a reduction in the cost of living by lowering taxes and taking away key costs including education, while putting more resources into health and housing as well as national security.
Fonseca said that this election is about, quote, “the extraordinary Belizeans laboring in the shadows, seeking neither fame nor riches, asking for an opportunity to provide for their families.” He says they will be the heart and soul of the next PUP Government, which he says has become better and wiser as ordinary people after eight years in Opposition. He even asked for prayers for himself and his fellow standard bearers as they chase the Holy Grail of power.
Speaking afterward with reporters Fonseca addresses the economic outlook and how the party will tackle these key issues in light of the country’s situation. He identified export-led growth, lower taxes and elimination of waste as key strategies for stimulating the economy.
Meanwhile, in 2008, the United Democratic Party wanted you to Imagine the Possibilities, in 2012 they wanted you in on the Action Plan and today they have promised that the Best is Yet to Come – that is the title of the UDP’s manifesto as they seek a 3rd term in office.
This morning at the Biltmore Hotel in Belize City, 29 of the party’s 31 standard bearers along with party executives members and supporters, launched their Manifesto titled the Best is Yet to Come with 44 commitments. Commitments range from the promise of a new International Airport on Ambergris Caye to improving government services through the implementation of a system wide quality process reform.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow said his party is now preoccupied with telescoping what they intend to do, should they be re-elected – he spoke about some of plans including the emphasis on improving the service that Government provides to the public.
Neither manifesto is a legal document and therefore promises and commitments spelled out are not actually legally binding.
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