And as word spread like wild fire that Dr. Mendez was going to be charged today, the People’s United Party acted swiftly and issued a statement which states that Mendez has been removed as Chairman of the Northern Caucus. The release states and we quote "It has been confirmed to Party Leader Hon. Francis Fonseca that today, February 3rd, 2015, the Hon. Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez, Area representative for Orange Walk East, has been formally arrested and charged with certain criminal offences. On the basis of this development the Party Leader, in accordance with the power vested in him by the National Executive, has with immediate effect removed Hon. Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez from his position as Chairman of the Northern Caucus and has suspended him indefinitely from all other Party related duties, responsibilities, and activities.” End quote.
So what can the electorate expect to follow? Well, the release stated that and we quote “Hon. Mendez has already stepped down from his position as the Standard Bearer for our Party in Orange Walk East and the Party has elected a new Standard Bearer in that Area in the person of Mr. Josue Carballo who has from the date of his election assumed full responsibility for the work of our Party in Orange Walk East” end of quote.
Despite Mendez’s now tarnished reputation as a parliamentarian, the party extended their thoughts and prayers for the alleged victims, him and his family. It is not yet know if Mendez will step down as Area Representative for Orange Walk East automatically triggering a bi-election. What we do know though is that there is no law that states that an elected member of the House of Representatives who is charged for an offence whether it is a summary offence in the Magistrate’s Court or an indictable offence in the Supreme Court, is required by law to resign or step down.
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