PUP, VIP and Independent Candidates suspect Election Fraud in Belize Rural South/San Pedro Town

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Press Release – March 9th, 2012

Re: Election fraud suspected in Belize Rural South/San Pedro Town

A meeting was held this morning, comprising of the committees and candidates of PUP, Independent Candidates and the VIP who contested the general elections for Belize Rural South and the Municipal elections in San Pedro.

Concerns over blatant irregularities on election day were identified and discussed. In particular, the VIP reported that in two polling stations, their polling agents reported that ballot books did not follow in number sequence, beginning and ending numbers in some station were not reported and ballots folded in pairs were retrieved from the boxes in the counting room. The PUP and Independents reported similar findings in other polling stations and also noted others irregularities.

It was agreed that a tri-partite committee would review all information submitted by the polling agents on elections day. The committees agreed to begin the process this afternoon and work through the weekend to complete a thorough investigation. A detailed report including of irregularities and recommendations will be presented in a joint press conference scheduled for next week.

End of Release

Robert “Bobby” Lopez – VIP Candidate
Patty Arceo/Maria Conchita Plota – PUP Candidates
Melanie Paz – Independent Candidate

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