Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2018. 6:19 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: BBN has just learned that the People’s United Party (PUP) has backpedaled on a position it had taken in relation to an internal convention in Belmopan.
Reports are that the PUP will extend the date for applications in that constituency until July 13th and will postpone the convention scheduled for July 8th to mid-August.
This comes on the heels of a civil suit launched by Arthur Saldivar, a candidate in the convention who was disallowed from running, on the grounds that he must complete a two-year probation term before applying to contest any elections.
Saldivar’s claim launched in the Supreme Court had caused the PUP to move the date of its Belmopan convention from June 24 to July 8.
Additionally, Saldivar had sued the party for monetary compensation in the area of quarter million dollars spent to finance his campaign.
However, it is not yet known if he will proceed with the latter as he has now been allowed to participate in the convention.
Former Belmopan standard bearer, Patrick Andrews, who too was disallowed from participating in the convention will now be able to apply.
Initially, the party indicated that he too was unfit to apply as he had abandoned the constituency following his defeat in the 2015 general election.
And so, just like that, the race for Belmopan will allow more than the three candidates that were initially approved.
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