Friday, November 6, 2015. BMG: The Organization of American States (OAS) Mission that observed the November 4th General Elections have submitted its report.
According to an article posted on the Caribbean News website, members from the OAS that observed the electoral process on Wednesday noted, “that the civic spirit of the people shown in a peaceful and successful election day.”
The Mission congratulated the country on the vote, in which 71 percent of registered voters participated and adjustments to electoral boundaries, among other issues were noted.
In a preliminary report, the Chief of Mission, Jacinth Henry-Martin, on Thursday noted the preparations made by the country’s electoral authorities ahead of the election that led to “a generally inclusive and clean electoral process.”
The OAS mission was composed of 13 observers from 11 countries who observed the election in all six administrative regions of the country, and visited 162 of the country’s 225 polling booths in 30 of the country’s 31 constituencies.
The ruling party in Belize, the United Democratic Party (UDP), led by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, won a record third term in the general elections held on Wednesday.
In preliminary results, the UDP won 19 of the country’s 31 constituencies while the main opposition People’s United Party (PUP) had won 12. The newly formed Belize Progressive Party also fielded candidates, none of whom were successful at the polls.