In the days leading up to Sunday’s convention, we have received reports of the delegates being bribed by certain Ministers, in the hope of securing a seat on the UDP Executive on Sunday. One such allegation of bribery has to do with the issuance of lands. According to KREM’s News Director, Marisol Amaya, a long queue was observed at the Lands Department.
Marisol Amaya, News Director, KREM: “Yesterday we had this allegation, and there have been so many in terms of how the leadership candidates have been trying to woo the delegates. So there was this allegation that there were delegates lined up at the Lands Department. So I’m talking with a colleague in Belmopan like okay how do you prove something like that unless you get information confirmation from someone inside. The only other way is get footage of people who may be lined up at the lands department and then you compare with whatever footage of delegates you have on Sunday. But there is also this cloud too in terms of public funds and benefits that are coming from the public purse going to delegates in a convention where there is so much at stake for the two leadership candidates.”
As we noted the unsubstantiated reports have been many but the evidence is yet to be obtained. We will be looking further into these allegations even after the convention is over.