Today the People’s United Party held a press conference in Belize City at the Party’s headquarters. A number of issues were discussed; of course, among them was the P.M press conference. In a solo presentation, leader of the People’s United Party, Francis Fonseca, weighed in on 7 issues that were discussed yesterday by the Honorable Dean Barrow. Fonseca kicked off by giving an update on the recall referendum for the Cayo North East constituency.


Screen_Shot_2013-11-28_at_8.10.49_PMHonorable Francis Fonseca- Leader Of The Opposition

 

“Our standard bearer for Cayo North East, Mr. Landy Habet along with our deputy party leader for the west honorable Julius Espat secretary general and other members of the Cayo North East committee PUP committee and community presented to the Governor General today the petition for the recall referendum this morning in Belmopan.  As you know the 30% threshold requirement calls for about just under 1800 signatures are necessary to meet that 30% threshold necessary and this morning we delivered to the Governor General His Excellency the Governor General I think 2003 signatures attached to that petition so we expect now that the Governor General in accordance with the law the Governor General will now forward that petitions and those signatures to the chief elections officer at the elections and boundaries commission and the election and boundaries office will have a maximum, a period of one month to vet those signatures and to approve those signatures.”


Fonseca says after the signatures are approved, the Governor General will have 15 days from the date of receipt of petition to issue a writ for a recall referendum for Cayo North East.


Another aspect Fonseca delved in was the spending infrastructure for the country. While he says that the Party welcomes the support proposed, he was not satisfied with the support being given to municipalities that are governed by the People’s United Party, citing it as ‘unfair’.


Honorable Francis Fonseca- Leader Of The Opposition 


“We absolutely welcome any support, any assistance that the government is now prepared to offer it is long overdue at the same time I want to make the point that we are demanding that there be an equitable use of those resources and I was certainly not satisfied with what I heard from the Prime Minister yesterday in terms of the support that will be provided to the municipalities that are govern by the People’s United Party in particular Dangriga, Punta Gorda, Orange Walk Town and it seems to us that these municipalities are getting the smallest share of the pie and that is certainly not fair because in some of these communities particularly in the south where I have been on many, many occasion, I know that the conditions of the roads are worse than ever so we want to place on the record very clearly that we are demanding fair and equitable treatment for those municipalities govern by the People’s United Party.”


We’ll have more on this press conference on tomorrow’s newscast.

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