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Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017. 10:00 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The Presidency of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) is currently up for grabs as several teachers are vying to take control of the country’s most powerful union.

Current BNTU president, Luke Palacio, is making his exit, leaving three teachers to spar for his post.

Senator, BNTU executive and teacher, Elena Smith is dubbed the favorite to win but she will have to edge out Stann Creek BNTU member, Troy Coleman, and Corozal BNTU Branch President, Mario Mesh in a race that will not be easy because of perceived political interference.

All three candidates have denied using text blasts to lure voters in exchange for shopping at the Corozal free zone after the election among other promises.The candidates have also denied the political backing of either major parties even though it has been widely rumored that the ruling government is actively involved in the selection of the new president.

Tomorrow the BNTU membership will select its new president who will serve for two years before another election.


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