One Step Closer to the 13th Senator

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Updated: January 4, 2017

Six Belizeans have accepted nominations to take the seat for the 13th Senator position.  It is a move that Government agreed to activate in the latter part of 2016 which has now led to the nomination process.  Janelle Chanona of Oceana Belize, Osmany Salas of BTIA, Edilberto Romero of Bacongo, Donovan Reneau of   BCVI, Pablo Collado of Adopt a child with disability and Valdemar Andrade of TASA all accepted their nominations. Media Relations Officer for the 13th Senator Steering Committee, FroylaTzalam who was also  nominated but declined, told Love News that one of the required criteria is that the nominee must demonstrate prior knowledge of legislative, constitutional issues as well as matters affecting NGOs.

FROYLA TZALAM

“I had a total of seven nominations and the first job the steering committee had was to go through that list and to confirm with each candidate that they actually were aware of the nomination and whether they accept it or not. So that was done today and like I said we had seven nominations, there were six acceptances, one declined.”

REPORTER

“Who were the seven nominees?”

FROYLA TZALAM

“The nominees were Pablo Collado; he is from an organization called Adopt a Child with Disabilities; he accepted. The second person is Janelle Chanona; she is from Oceana Belize; she accepted. The third person is Edilberto Romero; he is from BACONGO; he accepted. Fourth person is Osmani Salas from the BTIA; he accepted. The fifth person was Donovan Reneau from BCVI; he accepted. The sixth person was Froyla Tzalam from SATIIM and she declined. The last person nominated was Valdemar Andrade; he is from TASA and he accepted.”

REPORTER

“Any reason why you declined Ms.Salam?”

FROYLA TZALAM

“You are putting me on the spot now. Basically to be Senator requires a lot of dedication and time and I don’t have that at this moment so for this round of nomination I will have to not go. With those people who have accepted we now have a further list that they must now fulfill and we need to have proof of their requirements. They will have to submit all of those documents, we have not finalized the election process, that is one of the main things we discussed on Friday as well. At the end of that meeting we should be clear in how we will be arriving at our candidate.”

REPORTER

“Just to get it clear, the nominees they had to be the head of the NGO in good standing?”

FROYLA TZALAM

“No the nominees could have been a board member, member or a staff of an NGO in good standing.”

There will be a meeting of the NGOs this Friday. The agenda includes the introduction of the nominees and the NGO Community will finalize the voting process. The election is scheduled to take place on January 10 and the elected Senator’s name will be handed in to the Governor General no later than January 17.