Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2019. 3:36 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: By its own statistics, the United Democratic Party (U.D.P.) claims fewer seats in week three of the village council elections, 2019, with 123 compared to 161 for the People’s United Party and seventeen independent council members.
This is comparable to the P.U.P.’s tally claiming that the blue won 164 seats to 111 for the U.D.P. and 26 for independents.
The U.D.P. tally, released by chairman Alberto August, lists each village and electoral constituency with a breakdown of seats won by each party. The U.D.P’s tally reveals some interesting combinations. The P.U.P. simply counts each council and seats won, resulting in a 23-17-3 split.
The U.D.P. claims the chairmanship in San Victor, Corozal District, and the councils in Xaibe and Carolina, with the P.U.P. winning all other seats, 34 to 15. This includes the remaining six San Victor councilors and the councils in San Joaquin, Concepcion, Ranchito, and Calcutta.
In Orange Walk, the P.U.P. reports a 4-1 split, losing only San Luis to the U.D.P.
In the Belize District, the blue concedes 4 of six councils to the red and one independent in Maypen. But according to the U.D.P. tally, several of these councils were split.
Hattieville and Western Paradise are a mixed bag. Hattieville residents elected a U.D.P. chairman and three councilors; two independent councilors, and one P.U.P. councilor. Western Paradise split 4-3 to the reds, including the chairman.
Crooked Tree went full blue, whereas the P.U.P. appears to have conceded neighbors Gardenia and Biscayne without a fight.
Moving to the Cayo District, the P.U.P. tally is a three-three split. Santa Teresita is the only split council, 4-3 to the U.D.P. They also claim Teakettle and Yalbac; the P.U.P. won in La Gracia, Los Tambos and Duck Run III.
In Stann Creek, two of the larger and more well-known villages, Hopkins and Seine Bight, gave neither party overall control. An independent chairman won both villages, while the parties shared three councilors each in the former and the U.D.P. won three councilors in the latter. The P.U.P. claim four of seven councils, but the U.D.P. report it as evenly split: two wins (Sarawee and Silk Grass); three losses (Pomona, Hope Creek, and Santa Rosa) and the independent controlled councils in Hopkins and Seine Bight.
In Toledo, independents got on councils in Cattle Landing and Indian Creek. The P.U.P. claim six villages including San Pedro Columbia and Big Falls to five for the U.D.P. and one independent; the reds say it is a six-six split with several split councils.
For the record, the Elections and Boundaries Commission does not accept political claims with respect to village councils, which are all nominally independent under the law. Another forty villages will be going to the polls on Sunday, July 14.
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