Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2021. 2:01 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: 160 candidates were nominated this past Monday for 67 seats on nine municipal councils countrywide for the elections on March 3, Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai confirmed in a briefing with reporters this morning. 94,890 registered voters will vote in the nine municipalities.
Two candidates – Elvia Vega Samos of the People’s United Party (PUP) and Hilberto Campos of the United Democratic Party (UDP) – are contesting the Corozal Bay by-election also to be held on that date. 5,712 electors are registered to vote in this election
For the elections, 272 polling stations will be opened countrywide in the nine municipalities, plus another 18 for the by-election.
Some 1,500 public officers – not including police – will be tapped to conduct the elections. The estimated cost of the election will be about $1 million.
Polls open as per usual at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Those in line at that hour are still eligible to vote.
Counting begins shortly thereafter, depending on when votes are reconciled, and results will be based on the size of the municipality involved, but Tamai says generally, it will take up to midnight and perhaps the following morning for larger municipalities like Belize City.
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