Municipal Elections in San Ignacio

In San Ignacio, the UDP team seemed to have the biggest machine on the ground for the municipal elections, however, both Mayoral Candidates -PUP and UDP -expressed confidence in their candidacy and the team behind them.

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Earl Trapp – UDP Mayoral Candidate for San Ignacio / Santa Elena

“At this time we are already feeling the victory.  Anywhere you go you are seeing just a wave of red. 

vlcsnap-2015-03-05-07h13m43s109vlcsnap-2015-03-05-08h02m41s56We are already claiming victory.  The red machinery here in San Ignacio and Santa Elena, these guys here are extraordinary.  Our people are really mobilizing the voting population out there. 

In San Ignacio the movements have been a little slower, but I believe it’s traditional and in the afternoon, here in San Ignacio, we’re expecting a big turnout.  After the polls are closed at six, we can expect a long line.”

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vlcsnap-2015-03-05-07h22m20s166Ramon Quiroz – PUP Mayoral Candidate for San Ignacio / Santa Elena

“It has been coming slowly, but it has not stopped.  From the morning it has been slow but constant. 

The majority will decide this election.  We’re hoping that they’re supporting the PUP 7.  We have a plan in place.  We are willing to work with the residents of San Ignacio and Santa Elena.  We want to involve them in our decision making. We want to be transparent in our accounting.

I can tell you, people are  disgruntled with this present administration  for the past 12 years.  We see infrastructure, but it is not the infrastructure [that] this town needs.  They’re spending money where they should not be spending the money, and that is our taxpayers’ money. 

We are asking for the support.  We are asking [the people]  to come out and vote for us, and we will them serve you for the next three years, and have a better Municipality, a healthier Municipality, a Municipality that will work for all. 

Our campaigners have been going to homes.  The sun is very hot right now.  People are saying, ‘We want to come out, when the sun comes down a little.’  So we have to understand the electorate.  We have to understand the voters, but I can tell you we are ready for a change in San Ignacio.”

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vlcsnap-2015-03-05-08h06m27s214vlcsnap-2015-03-05-08h06m36s87Orlando Habet – PUP Standard Bearer for Cayo North-East

“This time the turnout is a lot less than we expected.  we expected to have a higher voter turnout earlier today and also this afternoon.  It seems to start to pick up a little bit but it’s still very slow. 

People might wear a shirt, and then still vote the other way.  There’s a lot of people who are really intimidated and they want to show their colors, but in the end I believe that the people will make the right choice and vote for PUP.”

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There are a total of 12,676 people eligible to vote at the San Ignacio Santa Elena Municipal elections.  Up to 3 pm Wednesday evening, 47% percent of the total number of people eligible to vote in that municipality had cast their votes.
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