caucusThe People’s United Party’s Northern Caucus has a new Chairman. In fact it has an entire new committee. The election of the new committee took place on Sunday and it comes at the heels of Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez, the former Chairman being stripped from the post by the party’s National Executive after he was charged for aggravated assault against two minors.


Aspiring candidates and elected officials of the PUP met at here in Orange Walk where the elections took place. At the end of the meeting, Orange Walk South Area Representative Jose Abelardo Mai was elected as Chairman of the Northern Caucus and aspiring Area Representative for Belize Rural South Elito Arceo was elected as Vice Chair. We spoke with both political leaders at the event and they filled us in on the role the caucus plays.


Elito Arceo – Vice Chairman, Northern Caucus


“I am looking forward to this new challenge where all the areas which is the Belize Rural South, Orange Walk, all the other areas and of course Corozal to work together to bring victory to the People’s United Party and we want to make sure that all the towns’ Mayoral Candidates get elected and of course the Mayor of Orange Walk get re-elected and of course in San Pedro and Corozal are elected as Mayors so this was actually coming together of all relevant persons to make sure that we can achieve that goal.”


Abelardo Mai – Chairman, Northern Caucus


“The northern caucus has always been one of the most effectively functioning Caucuses between the PUP and today what we did was we elected new officers to serve for the tenure ship as the Constitution statement should so as we are in election mode right now we are starting preparing for the municipal elections so it is very important that we hit the ground running so the meeting was to elect the officers so that we can ensure that we win all three municipalities in the northern part of this.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“When you mention a plan forward, how does the northern Caucus now find themselves assisting or what the role will it play in the different municipalities; Belize Rural North, Corozal and Orange Walk for this municipal elections, what are some of the strategies you guys using to bring victory to the party?”


Abelardo Mai – Chairman, Northern Caucus


“Well, first of all and most of all moral support and if there is we would try to support with resources but it is more of an organizational and support where we organize the logistics for voters that live out of the municipalities we ensure that the campaign teams are fully equipped, that they are well organized and that they have their matrix in place for them to be able to take out the voters on that day so it is that kind of support for that day that the northern Caucus gives. I just want to thank Dr. Honourable Marco Tulio Mendez for being the Chairman, he was the outgoing Chairman and I think he functioned as the Chairman for one year but he did a lot of thing but overall it was a great responsibility and I want to thank him for that.”


The Northern Caucus committee will be meeting once again the week after Easter.

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