The Belize People’s Front (BPF) has seventeen Standard Bearers in their slate, including the party leader, Nancy Marin, to contest the upcoming general elections. The BPF is a third party and a progressive movement which aims to diminish the negative influence of partisanship. They are networking to create a new electoral coalition supporting new models of progressive governance and striving for the broadest form of grassroots participation. Love News was able to speak to Nancy Marin who commented on the qualifications of the Standard Bearers in her slate.
She also noted that they have several issues they want to tackle, primarily the decentralization of the Government.
Nancy Marin, Belize People’s Front: “One of the biggest things that we plan is first to decentralize the government where put the power into the hands of the people, I keep talking about the bottoms up system. So the way our party is structured is the way we believe that the government should be structured where a representative should not represent their beliefs in the House of Representatives but should have meaningful consultation at the grassroots level so that the grassroots interest and their struggles are being represented in the House of Representatives, we haven’t really seen that. We’ve seen that area reps will go into the house and really will sing songs that are popular or that try to stir emotions rather than deal with the issues that his constituency or his community is really facing and that is one of the big issues that we’re dealing with but also we’re struggling with economy, with labor, we haven’t had a labor policy in forever, those are things that need to be changed. We believe that in the crises that we’re facing and I’m not talking about just the COVID, COVID only unmasked the crises that our country is facing, I’m talking about the serious economic troubles that we were facing way before COVID came and showed us the ugly truth. I’m talking about the stealing of assets from the people, I’m talking about contracts that we’ve been charged too much for what we’re getting, I’m talking about all of these things that the way you have to deal with it first of all is removing political discretion, removing the discretion of ministers in every decision making that has to do with government. We’re talking about removing CEOs to replace them with PS again professionals that know how to manage the ministries. We’re talking about leaders should have been consulting with stakeholders in the private sector. Look at the issue we’re facing with Port of Belize that is because workers are being used as political pawns and the union leaders are not speaking to the private sector, the owners of this company and so it creates chaos and the corrupt environment that we’ve been living and working in is a perfect breeding ground for the type of chaos that we’ve been seeing so there is a lot really that Belize needs to fix. We can only fix that, and I’m not being political I’m being honest, we can only fix that if we remove the corrupt criminal elements that we have been electing to power.”
Like the BPF, the Belize Progressive Party is also gearing up to contest in the General Elections.