The Belizean public goes to the polls on November fourth to vote in a new government or keep the Dean Barrow administration in office. The Prime Minister made the announcement yesterday and this naturally has caused quite a stir in the country. So why did the PM call an early elections? In an interview late yesterday evening with the Belize Media, the PM explained his reasons.


Screen_Shot_2015-09-29_at_8.08.59_PMHonorable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize


"Well I said that the 4 year point is the marker and so since that was my calculus, we are not too early, in terms of that yardstick. This particular juncture though, seems to me to be right. We've had a string of elections already in this current year. Everybody knew that the election was coming sooner rather than later. It struck me that let's get it over and done with, so that whoever wins can then concentrate fully on the business of governance, on the business of development, on the business of improving people's lives. If the longer I had waited, the more difficult it would have been to continue to focus on issues of governance - all important issues of governance. I hate to put it like this, but to some extent, the fact that this was an election season, was a distraction and if we had prolong it, if we had extended it, a great deal beyond today's date, it would have meant that that distraction would have been compounded."

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"Is it also an issue of your striking when the Opposition party seems to be at its weakest?"


Honorable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize


"I don't know that I would make that sort of a judgement that the Opposition party is at its weakest. I am sure that I heard the Leader of the Opposition say a week or two ago, that, he acknowledges that it is the right of the Prime Minister to call the elections at any time and that he and his party are going to be ready. So, that really doesn't have a great deal to do with the timing. Not at all. Otherwise I wouldn't call the elections so early. Remember that, the circumstances that were present that occurred when the People's United Party went so early, can hardly be repeated. There were the revelations about what was taking place economic citizenships and the bucket sale of passports."


The UDP administration has not even completed the fourth year in office and has been riddled with scandals involving numerous government officials. The PM himself has and continues to be criticized for his approach in government business like the BTL settlements and the spending of the Petrocaribe funds among others. Some opine that this may hurt the PM’s party at the polls but he remains optimistic.


Honorable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize


“I don’t want to sound at all dismissive of the opposition, I don’t want to sound cocky, I don’t want to sound over confident, Of course in any campaign stones will be flung, allegations will be made, there will be an effort to make some issue develop legs . But I am completely satisfied that the bigger picture which is the tremendous record of achievement that is there to see when it comes to the U.D.P., that that is going to prevail and so I have no doubt that the U.D.P. is going to do extremely well and I repeat I am confident that the people of this country are absolutely ready to reelect the United Democratic Party.”


According to the Prime Minister, Petro Caribe funds will not be used for the campaign leading up to General Elections.

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