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Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2018. 9:10 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the United Democratic Party (UDP) held a convention to elect a standard-bearer for the Orange Walk North constituency.

When the final ballots were counted, Homero Novelo emerged victorious with 684 votes.

His challenger, Eddie Mendez, only collected 477 votes. 

With 5 rejected ballots, there was a total of 1,166 votes cast.

Novelo will succeed former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega who remains undefeated.

Vega was first elected to public office in 2008.

He was appointed the Minister of Natural Resources and he pledged to address the corruption in the Ministry of Lands.

However, by 2015, he was stripped of that portfolio because he and his son, Andre Vega, were named in several questionable land transactions.

Even Prime Minister Dean Barrow had conceded that the Lands Department was, “a hotbed of corruption.”

At one point in his career, Vega was appointed as the Minister of Agriculture and rarely attended meetings of the House of Representatives.

Now it is certain that like Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Minister of Human Development, Anthony Martinez, Vega won’t be seeking re-election in 2020.

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