Toledo East Bi-Election Set for July 17 with Three Candidates Competing

Toledo East Bi-Election Set for July 17 with Three Candidates Competing

In nine days the voters in Toledo East will be going to the polls to elect a new Area Representative in a bi-election.  Next Wednesday, July 17, there will be ten polling stations where the 7,725 eligible electors will be casting their votes.  According to the Election and Boundaries Department, there will be twenty polling stations that will open from 7am to 6pm with the counting process beginning at 8pm at the Toledo Community College.  The three candidates vying for the seat in the House of Representatives are Dr Osmond Martinez for the PUP; Dennis ‘Desho’ Williams for the UDP, and Wil Maheia for the People’s National Party.  Maheia was a guest on The Morning Show today where he spoke on his campaign platform of sustainable development.

Wil Maheia, People’s National Party Candidate: “I like to tell people we have a sustainable development platform. We are kind of, we are one of those parties that’s concerned about the environment, we’re concerned about social justice, we are concerned about Belize’s overall development. We love development, but we want it to be developed in a sustainable way and we believe that Belize is we have a small population that everybody can get jobs in an industry that’s run sustainably. And that’s what we are promoting and that’s what we want to show people the amount of jobs we can have here in Toledo district, in Toledo East, and all working in an area of sustainability. I am a member of the PNP because we want to give Belize something different. And you’re asking, Troy, what is different? Well, first of all, we believe in sustainable development. We believe in consultation. We believe in education. We believe that every Belizean should have the same right. That’s not happening. Forest Home Village is the village that provides the material for all the building of the highways and maintenance of streets in Toledo East and yet they Forest Home Village is one of the villages with the most dilapidated streets. Come on, man. You know, we need to address these issues. You still have teachers, and again I mean I would call on the teachers’ union. Let’s stand up against this, where the teachers have to take a bus two hours each day going and two hours coming. That’s four hours you spend on a bus to get to your classroom because the road is so bad that place is only about 30 miles away and you have to spend two hours on a bus each way. And some of the times you have to be pushing the bus. This is wrong. This is Toledo East. What we need is a leader. I am that leader that will fight and advocate for these things. I can do it. I know what the problem is in Toledo East. I need the people of Toledo East to give me one chance. They have given the red and they have given the blue 40 years and you still can’t make a road to Dolores or Corazon or Otoxa, Santana where you don’t have to drive 10 miles an hour you could drive a little faster to get to your destination. Two hours imagine that to get the teachers to the classroom?  How do you think these teachers perform when they get there? These are facts and please fact check me.”

Maheia furthered by declaring himself as a born leader who can take Toledo East out of poverty and improve the economics of the area.  He says there is a lot that he has accomplished that has not been made public including the initial discussions of the Blue Bond.

Wil Maheia, People’s National Party Candidate: “I am a leader. I can get things done. Look at my record. The biggest investor in Toledo had confidence in me. I attracted the investor in Toledo. Come on. I can attract investors and when it comes to fixing the roads for those teachers and those students and those people living in those back villages even the candidate for the other party is saying that there are millions and millions of dollars out there through climate change. We need to go access those funds. I know how to access those funds. You know that me, myself, and the Honorable John Briceno and the Honorable Fonseca at that time I was on that team. And now the Speaker of the House, the Honorable Val Woods, I was on that team that negotiated the first ever debt for nature swap in the world. Today the debt for nature swap is something that every country wants to do. Again, fact check, my leadership speaks for itself. I can do this. A lot of people didn’t know that I was behind the establishment of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve. People tell me, you do so much things  make people know what you do. You know, a few people know and people say get the word out there. So, you know, I’m taking the people’s advice. I’m letting people know I was one of the first ever on that debt for nature subcommittee that brought in money into this country. I can continue. I have a network. I mean, you know me and the Honorable John Briceno we went to South Africa together. We sat at the same table. I have a network of leaders around this world that I could contact and say, hey Toledo East needs this. Through climate change we can bring in millions and millions of dollars. I went to Monkey River last week, or two weeks ago, and Monkey River is there, it’s neglected because neither the PUP or UDP care about that little village.”

Love News will have coverage of next week’s bi-elections throughout the day.

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