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Municipal Elections and Corozal Bay By-Election Update: Turnout averaging under 20 percent for municipals, 25 percent for by-election in Corozal

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Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2021. 2:18 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The voter turnout today is not what the political parties were expecting.

According to the Elections and Boundaries Department’s website, which is keeping an unofficial running count of voter turnout countrywide for today’s elections, the turnout today is low.

In the Corozal Bay constituency by-election, where the PUP’s Elvia Vega Samos is going head-to-head against the UDP’s Hilberto Campos, approximately 25 percent of voters had cast ballots up to 11:00 a.m. That is 1,452 votes of a registered 5,712.

A similar number have voted in the town elections – 25.36 percent. Orange Walk had seen just 16 percent turnout; San Pedro was at 23 percent, and Belize City had a low 17 percent. Belmopan, San Ignacio/Santa Elena, and Benque Viejo are on roughly the same level of voter turnout, 18 percent, as are Dangriga and Punta Gorda.

Today is not a public and bank holiday, but employers are mandated by law to give employees who are registered voters time and opportunity to vote.

160 candidates are contesting 67 seats countrywide.

 

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