Interestingly, both on the social media and in the streets there have been talks in some corners of the People’s United Party not being a viable alternative since it was under their last administration that secret deals were signed and the Super Bond was established and the key players in those deals remain at the forefront of the opposition party. This is one of the platforms that the Prime Minister Dean Barrow is campaigning on, as in his speech he spoke of the tremendous challenges they had encountered and how they spent the last eight years cleaning up the mess they found.
“When you turned to the United Democratic Party and gave us your confidence in 2008, it was for us to fix all that had gone so horribly wrong in the decade of misrule since 1998. Our country was burdened by the super bond; strait-jacketed by fiscal austerity; unable to operate a bankrupt DFC and a near insolvent social security; suffering from surging levels of poverty and neglect; and shunned by international concessionary lenders disgusted with the last Administration’s thievery of public monies. The UDP’s overwhelming priority was thus to replenish the state’s coffers; restore local and international confidence; rescue citizens desperately in need of relief; and bring back integrity to the Office of the Prime Minister whose outgoing PUP occupant had, in 2005, been presented with a certificate of corruption by Union and Civil Society leaders. And so for almost 8 years now, my team and I have striven to clean up the mess we inherited, while simultaneously transforming the lives of the Belizean people.”
This is the second general elections being faced by the PUP under the leadership of Francis Fonseca while Barrow is aiming for a third consecutive win at the polls. While the term for any administration is five years, this is the second consecutive election being called within an eight year period. The next general election was not due until 2017.