The United Democratic Party held its UDP Leadership Convention for a second time in five months. Despite the thousands of dollars spent back in February for the first round of the leadership race, there was a failure to launch as the leader-elect was forced to resign within seventy two hours of his victory. Our news team was out at ITVET yesterday for full coverage of the day’s event. We join the News Director, Renee Trujillo for the story.
Interestingly, several residents from the villages in the north currently under a State of Emergency had participated in yesterday’s UDP Convention. Love News asked Faber what process was undertaken since no one is allowed in or out of the villages of San Felipe and Blue Creek.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture: “We did have four or five delegates from that area who came out before the state of emergency but they voted not in the regular way in fact they were brought in a vehicle, they were in a hotel room in fact from the time and then they were brought in a vehicle and we allowed them to vote with a lot of sanitizer and all kinds of precautions, put the ballot and sprayed the ballot and all kind of things we put them in so I’m pretty sure those precautions were taken but yes those delegates were given an opportunity. In some cases I think there was an alternate or two that voted for those who could not make it too.”
Troy Gabb, Host of The Morning Show: I think only two you were short of, it was 569 I understand the chairman said in his wrap up.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture: “There were two delegates that did not vote but you’ll understand that not all delegates have an alternate there are some fixed delegates and one of those delegates that did not vote was a senator so that’s a fixed delegate and so there could not have been an alternate for that delegate. The other one I think was from Corozal north and no alternate turned up to vote in his place so by two o’clock we had to call it off.”