Thursday, March 08, 2012

Impressions from election day in Belize

In the battle of red vs blue it looks as if the red has won again.  

Yesterday was election day here in Belize.  We stayed up late listening to election results coming in.  And we heard that the United Democratic Party had retained leadership of the country.  We have not been here long enough to know if that is good or bad.  We have heard positive and negative things about both the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People's United Party (PUP).  There were also people running as Independents and there is a third party called Vision Inspired by the People (VIP).

When we drove out to Roaring Creek we saw people lining the streets to vote... 

And the same was true in Belmopan...

While we were out we sensed the excitement in the air from all of the people we saw out in the streets.  Tom chose a white t-shirt to wear while we were out but I made the mistake of wearing a red one and a young lady in blue teased me about the red being no good.  She claimed the blue had better chicken dinners to offer to voters!

Around midnight we heard some fireworks but the rain helped keep the partying down to a dull roar.  We had been warned of possible alcohol related rowdiness but so far we have not heard about any violence or disturbances of any kind.  It will be interesting to hear reactions from people today and read the news stories about all of the events of yesterday.  There was not much mystery as to what the election results would be when we lived in Russia.  But, this election here in Belize kept us guessing until the end about who would come out on top.


  1. What an interesting part of learning culture.


  2. Hi, Just caught up on your last few posts. Great that you got to see the prince. They must train from childhood to keep cool while the press and crowds are shouting and jostling. I don't think I could keep my wits about me.

    Great coverage of election day!

  3. Must be interesting to see other country's political systems at work! Enjoy your day!