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PUP double standards in selecting candidates?

Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018. 11:00 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The People’s United Party (PUP) is seeking to have all its Standard Bearers in place before the start of the re-registration drive in July.

But is the party is mired in controversy as some have suggested that the party is employing double standards in deciding who to allow to contest the upcoming general election.

The party recently disallowed Belize City Councilor, Candice Pitts, from offering herself in Port Loyola and has instead opted to endorse Gilroy Usher, as he had been working for years in the division.

In Orange Wall East, however, the party has allowed Orange Wall Mayor, Kevin Bernard to run against incumbent Standard Bearer, Josue Carballo who has invested years of work and resources in the constituency.

In the Albert constituency in Belize city, BBN understands that although Paul Thompson was the campaign manager for the municipal elections which saw the PUP victorious in Belize city and although he has worked diligently in the area, he will be challenged by a newcomer to the area, Senator Valerie Woods.

According to reports, Woods was asked to run as the PUP’s Mayoral candidate but she declined.

No comment has yet been forthcoming from the PUP’s leadership on the matter, however, many are left asking if there is a double-standard in the selection process.

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