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Posted: Friday, March 9, 2018. 5:55 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The People’s United Party (PUP) announced today that it will be challenging the results of the March 7 Municipal Elections in San Pedro, alleging that there has been election tampering.

Attorney Eamon Courtenay said that the party made the decision after reviewing the official results and noticing that some 277 ballots were missing. In an interview with Ambergis Today, Courtenay said that the party feels that they have been robbed in San Pedro, and thus the court battle is necessary.

PUP Mayoral candidate Andre Perez issued a statement shortly after the announcement, saying that he is convinced that there is enough evidence to proceed with the court case.

On Thursday the PUP was in San Pedro, investigating a different matter, where it was believed that there was voter tampering because the total number of votes the candidates received was 162 above the number of ballots that were cast.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow explained that the discrepancy arose from failure on the part of the Elections and Boundaries Department to update their information. The PUP won only three of the nine municipalities, however, they managed to secure Belize City, which has been a UDP municipality for the last 12 years.

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