From twenty-five candidates in 2015 to eight candidates in 2020. That’s the number of candidates that the Belize Progressive Party is presenting to contest the general elections. With a lack of funding and being in the middle of fundraising, they made an executive decision to present only eight persons which their monies can suffice. That announcement came from their press conference today and saw presentations from seven of their eight candidates representing Port Loyola, Corozal South East, Belize Rural central, Belize rural north, Queen square, and Fort George.
“As a Belize Progressive Candidate I Edna Dorris Dias pledge to stand by principles of justice and integrity to serve my people to the best of my abilities to seek the upliftment of my area and of the whole of Belize by making it a priority. The following is a very important point for Corozal South East and Orange district. To stand by the northern districts and be their voice especially the cane farmers to strengthen our sugar cane act.”
“Like me there’s a lot of people with the silent voice that would want to make a difference but they’re not brave enough to stand up so I’m here today to represent the people with that silent voice that wants to see a difference being made. The people that would stay home and not come out and vote because they didn’t find a candidate worthy enough for their vote or the people that just ultimately want a difference. The focus and change I plan to bring to Port Loyola I know for the unemployed people all they want is jobs but you have people in the area that have jobs too and I find that the ultimate thing people want is safety and security.”
“People especially the minority have to depend on the government because there are no jobs and lets face it on a real every day we have to eat, every day we have a means that we need to meet and if we do not have jobs what’s the alternative for the youths. So my thin this morning we as the BPP myself if I should be elected my main focus will be on creating jobs and opportunity for our young people and on everyone on a whole. Secondly we deserve land. People have been crying out for land in this country for years and every time you go and inquire about land the first thing they tell you is there is no land. Belizeans I am sitting here this afternoon to tell you don’t be fooled we have millions of acres of land in our country still available. The reason why we do not get land is because we keep electing the same corrupt people over and over who only use the land to their selfish gain. If we change this dynamic and create new people, put new people in there with vision, people that have proven themselves to have the love for their people we will get the land that we deserve.”
“I went to Rockstone Pond II, Lucky Strike and Corozalito; it shocked me to know that there are people in those areas that are living without electricity and water. My question is to the Belize public how long have we been doing this ? Isn’t it sixty years? There are actually areas in Belize Rural North without electricity and water yet at this time you are telling my students that they need to go online and do online studies so how are they gonna do that ? It shocked me to know that people reached out to me through Facebook because of my live videos and told me come and visit and when I got there there are people through the road of Rockstone Pond that have been locked in for the last six months and have not see an area rep. As far as I know I am the first candidate that went through Rockstone Pond Sunday with groceries and seed. Now like I keep saying Belize you have the power to change this nation.”
“This is a time now, give us a chance. Five years we have been asking you and in the five years please. Don’t be crazy and take $50-$100 it’s a waste of time. If you eat- you think $100 you will eat shilling biscuit, shilling ideal, you think you will pay house rent, light bill, water bill ? You think $100 will pay everything to pay house rent, pay your education for your kids you think you will buy gas, buy food for $100 for five years? That is nonsense. Wake up.”
“The Fort George people want a good life like every other Belizean who have a good life. You know that the thing that I am struck by most is that people come to me and they’re not asking for money to buy rum or anything like that they’re saying can you help me with tuition for my kids ? And I am thinking here you are Fort George,was governed by the PUP for thirty nine years and I said have you ever heard a Musa or a Barrow pickni di ask for tuition to go to school ? It’s not fair Belize. It’s not fair. It’s time to give the BPP a run.”
The Party leader, Patrick Rogers took the opportunity to tell the media their form of fundraising.
Patrick Rogers, Party Leader, Belize Progressive Party: “Thanks to the benevolence of brother Yhony Rosado as we said it’s not like he has that liquid but he has assets so he gave us one of his assets a nice 2013 Kia Soul and he said brother Rogers let’s raffle this car so we can raise clean campaign financing. So that’s what we were doing this press conference all about today was to highlight that raffle but with the advent of an election being called naturally we had to get our candidates together and say he y come introduce yourselves to your division. But to the point Belize we have agents all over the country except for I think Stann Creek so Dangriga we should have an agent there- that would make us covering countrywide with sister Edna in Corozal, Karen is servicing Orange Walk district as well but we need to get these tickets sold and sold quickly. The raffle will be held October 24th. Poor man you have a chance to win a nice car, 2013 for $5 no where you hear vehicles being raffled for $5 but in the interest of trying to build our people we know we will build some of our people with a little $5 contribution to the cause they will be able to own this nice vehicle. Highlight the fact that we’re trying to raise money to have a machinery with clean money, to have a machinery on election day because that’s all we want at this point to have a two hundred people or less in green shirts to show a little army because leans armies can build big armies but we need an army to beat those big armies.”
Their Stann Creek West candidate was missing from today’s press conference.