Attorney and politician Arthur Saldivar wants to represent the People’s United Party in the Belmopan Constituency for the next general elections. But first, Saldivar’s application to run for the convention must be accepted by the PUP’s vetting committee which is also reviewing other applications. Saldivar was once the PUP’s Standard Bearer for Belize Rural North before being removed in 2014. He was also removed as a member of the PUP National Executive. Back then the past PUP Leader, Francis Fonseca, told the press that quote, “I also believe in the best interests of Mr. Saldivar, that at this time he not be involved in Party politics and certainly not be a Standard Bearer for the People’s United Party.” End of quote. Two years later and after a change of leader in the PUP, on April 18 we asked the PUP Leader John Briceno about Saldivar’s bid. For context here is that interview.
John Briceno, PUP Party Leader: “The process in the party is that you can apply to run, anyone can apply that has been a member of the party and then there is we have a vetting committee that is made up of two members of the order of distinguished service. Our National Camping Manger and our Strategic Campaign Manager and these four people will be interviewing all candidates that want to run in any constituency as an issue of Arthur Saldivar that is a matter that the committee will be addressed pretty soon. I have every confidence that they will let Mr. Saldivar know whether his application will be accepted or not.”
Hipolito Novelo: I believe in 2014 he was ousted from the party?
John Briceno, PUP Party Leader: “Yes he was”
Hipolito Novelo: He will be welcomed so easily back?
John Briceno, PUP Party Leader: “Well that’s the point we want to make, he needs first apply to the party, he is not a part of the party and this what I’m saying that this is a decision, all these matters are going to be looked in to by the vetting committee.”
Yesterday, we caught up with Saldivar in Belmopan where he told us that he remains a member of the PUP as he was never suspended from the party. Saldivar told Love News that he will win an election in Belmopan.
Arthur Saldivar: “The campaign is going very well; I must say you have created some misconception about things in your first interview with our party leader. You had told the party leader that I was suspended or something of the sort.”
Hipolito Novelo: You were ousted from the PUP.
Arthur Saldivar: ” I never was”
Hipolito Novelo: He confirmed, he said yes.
Arthur Saldivar: “Well he did but and he was under misconception himself, the thing about it there was one resolution. I was removed as Standard bearer from Belize Rural North and removed from the National Executive but I remained a member of the PUP, I have always been a member of the PUP. I never left you know, where ever you can find in your archives any document or statement from me saying that I have left my party I welcome you to produce it.”
Hipolito Novelo: So your application for the Belmopan area, that has been accepted from the People’s United Party.
Arthur Saldivar: “It has been submitted at the Secretariat, yes I don’t have it and my campaign comity don’t have it.”
Hipolito Novelo: But in terms of the vetting comity, the comity in charge of making sure anyone who runs in a particular can do so. Arthur Saldivar: “Well I believe the vetting comity, whenever the time comes to look at the application they will do so but as far as I’m concerned my application is in and I have a date with the National Executive at some point to clear up the confusion that you’ve created.”
Hipolito Novelo: Do you fear the popularity of Mr. Mira or the determination of Mr. Andrews?
Arthur Saldivar: “The what?”
Hipolito Novelo: The popularity of Mr. Mira who also has expressed interest in the Belmopan area for the People’s United Party and ofcourse Mr. Jason Patrick Andrews
Arthur Saldivar: “What I have to ask you again, I’ve never seen evidence of that popularity.”
Hipolito Novelo: Do you think he walks among the Belmopanese people here?
Arthur Saldivar: “We all do, I am walking among the Belmopanese people as we speak.”
Hipolito Novelo: You are confident you will get the?
Arthur Saldivar: “I am confident that I would win an election in Belmopan against any who including John Saldivar and I will win an election in Belmopan.”
We understand that Oscar Mira and Patrick Jason Andrews have also applied to represent the PUP in the Belmopan Constituency.