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A recount of the votes in the Stann Creek West constituency proved that the actual winner was Rodwell Ferguson and not Walter Garbutt as was widely reported on Election Day. On that decisive day, that constituency had trouble figuring out who was the actual winner even after it had been announced that Garbutt has won by a meagre 8 votes. And now with that discrepancy settled, statistics showed the People’s United Party (PUP) candidate; Rodwell Ferguson senior won that seat with 3,300 votes while Garbutt received 49.32% of the votes or 3,292 votes.

So what really happened? We spoke to Rodwell Ferguson senior about that huge “blunder” today….

FergusonRODWELL FERGUSON – Area Representative, Stann Creek West

“From the beginning it was one, one and when the last box was left to be counted, I guess somebody from his camp told him that he was winning by three hundred and that was a total lye and then he went out and gave his victory speech and everything about an hour after I get a call that I was winning by eight votes so they call him back you blunder why did you had to go out there and say you won and so when we went through we won by eight votes and although he asked for a reconciliation of every box and when every box was reconciled we were still up by eight we were there until about three thirty in the morning and we way well we will close off and we asked for a recount of every single ballot and then the returning officer agreed for one o’clock the next day when we went through the reconciliation they recount some ballot that had been rejected and so at the end of the day it came back to eight again and so I was victorious by eight votes.”    

Of note is that that constituency is the largest in the country with over 9 thousand voters spread in 23 villages. Ferguson says if the Government does not assist this time around, he will need to take the state to the court.

RODWELL FERGUSON – Area Representative, Stann Creek West

“It is difficult for one person to maneuver and nurture a constituency of this magnitude and so first of all if the government doesn’t do anything I will challenge it and take it to court for the length and the strength.”

That PUP victory moved the tally up to 12 seats for the PUP and 19 seats for the UDP.

Our Orange Walk viewers should note that over 6,600 votes cast in this constituency’s election is the second highest number of votes ever cast in one constituency in any election in Belize ever. So what are the most votes cast in any constituency election in Belize you ask? Well the answer is the 6,647 votes which were cast in Wednesday’s election in Orange Walk North.

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