Prime Minister Dean Barrow has unofficially gone on record by publicly stating that general elections will definitely be in 2012 and that it will be early in the year. How early will it be is everybody’s guess but we now have strong vibes that it will be as early as this February.
In the Facebook Blog Friends of Belize, Arthur Saldivar (Standard Bearer Belize Rural Central) says that there is very reliable information that the elections are slated for February 15, 2012. When asked how reliable it is, Saldivar commented that it is as reliable “as night follows day”. Saldivar is apparently relying on inside sources that inform him not only the date but also the reasons that the prime Minister has given to his colleagues.
His informants in this Facebook blog give three reasons why the UDP leader is willing to take the risk of early elections. (1) The PUP is strengthening and gaining support. (2) We (UDP) are losing support and fast. (3) By 2013 the economy will be in bad shape and support will continue to fade so early election is inevitable.
Even though Saldivar claims his information to be very reliable, so much that if it would not be, he would not disclose it, the rest of the nation will now be eagerly waiting for this Friday’s sitting of the House of Representatives, where the Prime Minister would have to make an announcement about the elections if that day is correct. It is required by law that the Prime Minister must give at least one month’s notice before a general election.
In the meantime political parties continue to register new voters for the election process. The VIP and in a sense the PUP claim that the ruling party is desperately granting nationality to hundreds upon hundreds of Central Americans residing in Belize in a desperate effort to gain their votes.
We understand that a boatload of Central American (aliens) residents in San Pedro was taken to Belmopan for the swearing in of their nationality process. A few more hundreds are in line for swearing in this Friday. Are these indications that a very early election is in making? If it is such, this will be a record early election- a year and two months earlier than is the duly designated time.