Elections were held countrywide on Thursday in all nine municipalities, and the United Democratic Party won full slates in almost all the municipalities by huge margins.
In Belize City, incumbent Mayor Darrell Bradley returns to his post after beating Yolanda Shackron by almost double the votes.
In Belmopan, 5 persons vied for the seat of mayor making it the municipality with the largest number of mayoral candidates. After the polls closed at 6:00 pm, a total of 5,713 persons had cast their vote, 63% percent of the total number of eligible voters in Belmopan. The counting was a long process especially since reports indicated that the ballots had many split votes.
At around 3:00 am this morning, the counting finished and the Returning Officer Benedict Palacio gave the final unofficial result of the ballots which showed a land slide victory for Khalid Belisle and the UDP slate. In Dangriga Francis Humphries took the win for the UDP with a total of 1,741 votes, a difference of about 500 votes.
In the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Earl Trapp and his team took the win for the United Democratic Party. Earl Trapp told Plus News that from the very beginning he knew it was going to be big victory for the UDP.
“Because of the heat and different things like that you get tired. I was feeling a little soaked up. At the end of the day, that’s a part of it. To be out there. you have to be working hard and walking up and down in the sun, greeting people. It takes a lot out of you, but all in all it pays off.
From the time the polls opened this morning, I knew it was a big victory for the United Democratic Party here in Cayo. I knew it was a victory, because of the hard work and dedication that we have put into this town.”
In the Benque Viejo Municipality, Heraldo Rancharan Jr. took the win for the UDP with a total of 1,816 votes, a difference of about 800 votes from his PUP competitor.
The winner in PG, and the only female mayoral candidate to come out victorious, was Floren Guiterrez who won by a total number of 1189 votes, about 600 more votes than her PUP competitor.
In San Pedro, Daniel Geurrero took the win for the UDP with another land slide victory.
In Corozal, it was Hilberto Campos that took the win for the UDP with yet another land slide victory.
Orange Walk Town was the only municipality to remain PUP as incumbent Mayor Kevin Bernard returns to office after narrowly defeating his competitor Yvette Torres. But even in Orange Walk, the PUP did not manage to pull off a full slate as two UDP candidates also made it into the Orange Walk town Council.