Voters go to the polls in Belize
Voters in Belize are going to the polls today to elect the 31 members of the House of Representatives. There are 196,587 eligible voters who will vote at 393 polling stations between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time. There are 87 candidates.
The last election was held in 2012 with the centre-right United Democratic Party (UDP) taking 17 seats and the centre-left People’s United Party (PUP) taking 14 seats on a turnout of 73.16%.
The UDP has held office since 2008 and is hoping to win a third term in this election.
A new party, the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) was formed on 1st October and is made up of former members of three smaller parties, the People’s National Party (PNP), the Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) and the We the People Movement of Corozal. The BPP has put up 25 candidates but will have a tough time breaking through the dominance of the two main parties.
If recent elections are anything to go by then the UDP are likely to get their third term in office. In 2015 they won two seats from the PUP, the Cayo North by-election in January and in July they won the Dangriga by-election. The UDP also did well in municipal elections in March.