Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017. 2:56 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The Queen of the West pageant held last weekend has stirred much controversy over the scoring of the participants and allegations of bias. The controversy also included conflicting views between the San Ignacio/Santa Elena Pageant Committee and the National Coordinator, Zenaida Moya.
Today, five of the seven district coordinators for the District Queen of the Bay committees sent out a joint press release where they stated that they stand in solidarity against the National Coordinator of the Queen of the Bay pageant, Zenaida Moya.
The release states that Moya and her team is overruling the judges’ decision in the San Ignacio/Santa Elena “Queen of the West” pageant. The group also expressed their disagreement with a document produced by the National Committee that governs the pageant and its delegates and they claim that some of the rules have been broken.
The five coordinators stress that the Queen of the Bay tradition should be respected and loved.
“For all 72 years of pageantry, we haven’t heard or seen anything like this, hence we are standing up to save the integrity of this pageant. If the National Committee proceeds in this manner, the District Coordinators are of the sentiment that interests in the pageant will diminish. Our Queens should be a true representation of what is Belizean and should demonstrate pride in being just so,” ends the release.
The press release indicates that it represents the views of the Coordinators from Belmopan, Stann Creek, San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Toledo and Corozal, as well as the national trainer.
The Queen of the West pageant was held in San Ignacio town on Saturday, August 12, at the Octavia Waight Center. There were five contestants from Cayo vying for the title. At the end of the night, the judges decided that the new Queen of the West 2017-2018 was Alyssa Grant but the award of the crown was not without controversy.
Some stakeholders of the pageant believe the Queen of the West title was to have been given to Amy Reyes, Miss Santa Cruz. Allegations were that the judges were compromised and biased in their scoring and that the national tabulator was present for the pageant and witnessed the injustice. The Queen of the Bay Nationals then sent out a press release indicating that Reyes will represent Cayo for the National pageant. This latest press release from the District Coordinators adds a new dimension to the ongoing saga of the 2017 controversial Queen of the West pageant.
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