Voters registered in Corozal Bay will get to vote for a town council and a new Area Representative for that division. Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai explained how this double dipping process will be handled.
Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer: “I also wanted to touch basically on the byelection in Corozal and this is specifically for voters of Corozal Bay because voters of Corozal Bay are eligible to vote for the municipal election and also for the byelection itself. So the process will remain the same. We’re going to use the same classrooms so persons will only need to join one line but they will be given a ballot first to vote for municipal elections and the reasoning behind that is the ensure that persons are not waiting or crowding inside to get a ballot for he byelection because we know it takes much longer to put seven X’s as opposed to one X. So persons will vote firstly for the municipal and then proceed over to the presiding officer or the byelection and then they will have to dip their finger again through that process and once they’re finished with that then those persons will exit the polling station so we’re making it quite easy for them to be in one line only to cast their ballot for the two elections.”
Nomination for the Corozal Bay Standard Bearers was also completed yesterday. The People’s United Party has put forward Elvia Vega-Samos as their candidate; the United Democratic Party has fielded Hilberto Campos. Vega is the sister to late David Vega who was duly elected for Corozal Bay on November 11, but died one month later due to Covid-19 complications. Campos is known as being the former Mayor for Corozal Town.