Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber was the guest on our extended Morning Show yesterday where he spoke on multiple issues. One such issue had to do with the pending redistricting of the electoral divisions. He explained the delay but added that he supports the exercise.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize: “Well remember that this party, our party, the UDP has never been opposed to redistricting. In fact you will recall that it is the UDP that had suggested that we do redistricting before we did re-registration and then there was a clamor from some of the social partners and certainly the opposition to have re-registration done first and redistricting is a larger exercise in terms of time frame and so we are all for redistricting. There are many many good reasons for redistricting including the ones that we’ve mentioned so far but the time of course would not permit to do that but the argument was that we really were trying to ensure that we know what numbers would exist in terms of the re-registration. I think things are now settling down with that but there are still many people who have not gone to re register so as we look at constituencies today or electoral divisions today we might still not have an accurate picture of those that are really overcrowded versus those that are underpopulated because people simply will wait for nearer to a general election for them to go and re register but once that is done I think then it would be really really important.”
Having seen elected officials upgrade their lifestyles and amass wealth via land, houses, and entrepreneurship, one of the questions that arise every election season is the enrichment of ministers and elected persons. Faber spoke on this issue in-depth.
Faber also spoke of what seems to be a major rift between him and his colleague John Saldivar. Both Faber and Saldivar are hoping to be the next leader of the United Democratic Party come Sunday at the national convention. According to Faber, there is no hostility or contention in the relationship.