Applications for PUP municipal positions overwhelming says party chairman

Applications for PUP municipal positions overwhelming says party chairman

The People’s United Party has confirmed its nine slates for the 2024 municipals.  With the elections less than six months away, the party has agreed on who will be its nine mayoral candidates across the country, as well as the 59 councilor seats.  During an interview yesterday with the PUP Chairman, Henry Usher, the number of applications received was overwhelming.

Henry Charles Usher, Chairman, PUP: “The National Executive of the party opened the window for applications for municipal elections in July and that window was closed sometime in August and we received 125 applications country-wide. Now this is for a total of 67 seats. So we received 125 applications for 67 seats, 24 applications for mayor when there’s a total of 9 in the country and 101 applications for councilors when there’s 58 countrywide. So somebody asked, will there be disappointed persons? Well certainly, if you have only nine vacancies and you have 24 applicants, 15 people will be disappointed. If you have 58 vacancies and 101 applicants, 53 will be upset. So it’s natural that if you have more than what you actually have available, then there will be disappointed persons. So there was a vetting committee created by the National Executive, and the vetting committee went through all applications. And as you can imagine, that was a very tedious process going through all of these, looking at the application forms, doing due diligence to make sure that what’s in the application form is accurate, conducting interviews of the candidates themselves. This was done by a vetting committee countrywide and the results and the recommendations were submitted to the National Executive last week Monday. The National Executive then considered all of those recommendations, made a few changes here and there, but for the most part the recommendations of the vetting committee, which was under the auspices of the National Campaign Committee, those recommendations were accepted. I can’t tell you all the recommendations yet because we still have not notified all of our candidates. We wanted to do it in person. I’m still a little old-fashioned, Troy, when it comes to these things. I don’t like emails. I don’t like WhatsApps. We have a written letter that we take, and I do as many as I can personally deliver. The secretary general personally delivers to our applicants. So as soon as that process is completed, I can give you the full breakdown of what is happening.”

As it relates to the Belmopan slate, both the mayor and councilor seats will be going to convention on October 22.  This has been a council mired with internal conflicts and dissonance.  During yesterday’s Morning Show, PUP Chairman, Henry Charles indicated that come next weekend both slates for Orange Walk and Corozal will be endorsed.

Henry Charles Usher, Chairman, PUP: “The convention date for Belmopan is the 22nd of October and I do believe that yes, the National Campaign Committee did recommend that there be a contested convention both for mayor and for councilors. So that is scheduled for that day. I believe that we will have a convention for mayor in Punta Gorda. I can’t remember the others off hand but those are the two that I’m sure about.”

Troy Gabb, Host, The Morning Show: If I recall, I think I saw on a list, I think San Pedro is a full slate endorsement –

Henry Charles Usher, Chairman, PUP: “There was only one and six.”

So there was Orange Walk as well, right? 

Henry Charles Usher, Chairman, PUP: “Correct, and Corozal as well I believe. So there will be some endorsements. I believe the first set of conventions are scheduled for next weekend, the 14th and the 15th, where we will have the North, Orange Walk and Corozal going through their endorsement conventions. And then the 22nd we have the conventions in Belmopan and Punta Gorda I believe, the 21st is Dangriga. Then the following weekend the 28th San Pedro, the 29th we have Benque and San Ignacio, and then the final weekend the Sunday November 5th is Belize City.”

Municipal elections are slated for March 2024.

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