The United Democratic Party swept the complete slate in 26 of the 44 village councils which held elections on Sunday, May 12, and won a majority in five more for a total of 31 villages which now have newly elected UDP village councils.
The party won 202 of the 302 seats contested, and won the village chairperson in 28 of the villages
Five villages in Corozal went completely UDP; Calcutta, Carolina, San Pedro, Cristo Rey and Yo Chen, while Ranchito and San Joaquin elected a slate of candidates put forward by the Opposition People’s United Party.
All four villages in the Orange Walk district which held elections: Trial Farm, San Lazaro, Trinidad and Chan Pine Ridge, went completely UDP.
The UDP also made a clean sweep in the Belize district with all eight villages: Maskall, Bomba, Boson, Corozalito, Lucky Strike, Rockstone Pond, Santana and St. Ann’s voting in a complete UDP slate to the village council.
In Cayo, it was four out of five: Esperanza, Unitedville, Blackman Eddy and Cristo Rey voted UDP, and only Valley of Peace went PUP.
Of the seven villages in the Stann Creek district which held elections, only Red Bank went completely UDP while the party also won a majority in Independence, Maya Mopan, and San Roman. San Juan (Cow Pen), Georgetown and Santa Rosa held out for the PUP.
The UDP dominance was not so clear-cut in Toledo where the UDP swept only four of the 13 village elections: Big Falls, Elridgeville, Forest Hoe and Santa Ana. The party also won a majority on the councils of Aguacate and Mabil Ha. Seven villages: Boom Creek, Cattle Landing, Mafredi, San Benito Poite, Santa Teresa and Jordan went PUP.
The UDP secretariat trumped the almost landslide victory in a press release on Tuesday, May 14 which interpreted to mean: “this week’s massive victory at the polls is a clear testimony of the high level of confidence that Belizeans all over the nation have in the United Democratic party Government, under the unwavering and resolute leadership of Hon. Dean Barrow.”