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Cayo North

People's United Party United Democratic Party (Belize) Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission
Cayo North
Constituency
for the Belize House of Representatives
DistrictCayo
Electorate6,598 (2015)
Major settlementsSan Ignacio (part), Bullet Tree Falls
Current constituency
Created1961
Party     United Democratic Party
Area RepresentativeOmar Figueroa

Cayo North is an electoral constituency in the Cayo District represented in the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belize since 2015 by Omar Figueroa of the United Democratic Party.

Profile

The Cayo North constituency was created for the 1961 general election as part of a major nationwide redistricting. The constituency is based in the northwestern corner of Cayo District.[1] It includes the southern part of San Ignacio as well as the villages of Bullet Tree Falls and Paslow Falls.[2]

Joseph Mahmud of the People's United Party, who was elected in the 2012 election, unexpectedly resigned in November 2014.[3] A by-election was held on 5 January 2015 to elect Mahmud's successor. The by-election was only the third in Belize since independence, preceded by by-elections in Freetown (January 1993) and Cayo South (October 2003).[3][4] Candidate nominations closed on 15 December 2014 with PUP nominee Richard Harrison and UDP nominee Omar Figueroa qualifying. No third party candidates appeared on the ballot.[5] Figueroa won the by-election by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, increasing the UDP's overall majority in the Belize House.[6]

Area Representatives

Election Area Representative[7] Party
1961 Hector Silva PUP
1974 Joseph Andrews UDP
1979 Assad Shoman PUP
1984 Salvador Fernandez UDP
1998 Ainslie Leslie PUP
2008 Salvador Fernandez UDP
2012 Joseph Mahmud PUP
2015 by-election Omar Figueroa UDP

Elections

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
2015 general election [8]
Electorate: 6,940
Turnout: 5,234 (75.42%) +13.8
UDP hold
Majority: 159 (3.04%) -29.47
Omar FigueroaUDP2,67451.09-14.60
Michel Chebat PUP2,51548.05+14.87
January 2015 by-election [3][9][6]
Electorate: 6,598
Turnout: 4,063 (61.6%) −13.1
UDP gain from PUP
Majority: 1,321 (32.51%) +23.95
Omar FigueroaUDP2,66965.69+22.92
Richard Harrison PUP1,34833.18−18.15
2012 general election [10]
Electorate: 6,213
Turnout: 4,641 (74.7%) −3.3
PUP gain from UDP
Majority: 397 (8.56%) −19.85
Joseph MahmudPUP2,38251.33+17.27
Salvador Fernandez UDP1,98542.77−19.7
Marcel Bedran Independent1914.12-
2008 general election [11]
Electorate: 5,213
Turnout: 4,066 (78.0%) −4.9
UDP gain from PUP
Majority: 1,155 (28.41%) +24.7
Salvador FernandezUDP2,54062.47+14.76
Otto Coleman PUP1,38534.06−17.36
Alden McDougall NRP1002.46-
2003 general election [12]
Electorate: 6,842
Turnout: 5,673 (82.9%) −10.12
PUP hold
Majority: 210 (3.71%) +1.93
Ainslie LesliePUP2,91751.42+1.2
Dean Williams UDP2,70747.71−0.73
1998 general election [13]
Electorate: 5,045
Turnout: 4,693 (93.02%) +17.23
PUP gain from UDP
Majority: 84 (1.78%) +1.38
Ainslie LesliePUP2,35750.22+0.42
Salvador Fernandez UDP2,27348.44−1.76
Nazim Elias Juan Independent320.68-
1993 general election [14][15]
Electorate: 4,964
Turnout: 3,762 (75.79%) −2.88
UDP hold
Majority: 18 (0.4%) −7.7
Salvador FernandezUDP1,89050.2−2.7
Ainslie Leslie PUP1,87249.8+5.0
1989 general election [16][17]
Electorate: 3,751
Turnout: 2,951 (78.67%) −0.96
UDP hold
Majority: 241 (8.1%) −10.5
Salvador FernandezUDP1,56252.9−6.0
Ismael Garcia PUP1,32144.8+4.5
1984 general election [18][19]
Electorate: 2,711
Turnout: 2,159 (79.63%) −12.38
UDP gain from PUP
Majority: 402 (18.6%) +14.9
Salvador FernandezUDP1,27158.9+11.29
Orlando Harrison PUP86940.3−11.1
1979 general election [20]
Electorate: 4,107
Turnout: 3,779 (92.01%) +14.02
PUP gain from UDP
Majority: 3.7% (+0.3)
Assad ShomanPUP51.4+4.8
Joseph Andrews UDP47.7−2.3
1974 general election [21]
Electorate: 2,621
Turnout: 2,044 (77.99%) +2.95
UDP gain from PUP
Majority: 3.4% (+3.3)
Joseph AndrewsUDP50.0-
Assad Shoman PUP46.6−2.4
1969 general election [22]
Electorate: 1,695
Turnout: 1,272 (75.04%) +3.83
PUP hold
Majority: 0.1% (−25.5)
Hector SilvaPUP49.0−12.9
Joseph Andrews NIP48.9+12.6
1965 general election [23]
Electorate: 1,886
Turnout: 1,343 (71.21%) −9.44
PUP hold
Majority: 25.6% (−17.9)
Hector SilvaPUP61.9−8.6
Theodocio Ochoa NIP36.3-
1961 general election [24]
Electorate: 1,292
Turnout: 1,042 (80.65%) n/a
PUP win
Majority: 43.5% (n/a)
Hector SilvaPUP70.5-
Manuel Figueroa CDP16.3-

References

  1. ^ Belize election maps, Psephos - Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  2. ^ Cayo North, Elections and Boundaries Department, Government of Belize.
  3. ^ a b c "Parliamentarian Resigns; Bi-election to be held in Cayo North on January 5th", The San Pedro Sun, 25 November 2014. (accessed 26 November 2014)
  4. ^ Result of By-election 2003, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 26 November 2014)
  5. ^ REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE ACT CHAPTER 9 NOTICE THAT A POLL WILL BE TAKEN The Electoral Division of CAYO NORTH, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 December 2014)
  6. ^ a b "Dr Omar Figueroa elected as new Area Rep for Cayo North", The San Pedro Sun, 6 January 2015. (accessed 6 January 2015)
  7. ^ Elections Results, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  8. ^ Official Results: General Election Archived 2015-11-08 at the Wayback Machine, Elections and Boundaries Department, 6 November 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  9. ^ Jones, Patrick E. "By-election Watch: Omar versus Richard in Cayo North", Breaking Belize News, 28 November 2014. (accessed 3 December 2014)
  10. ^ GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS 2012, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  11. ^ 2008 General Elections Final Results , Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  12. ^ 2003 General Elections final results, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  13. ^ General Elections 1998, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  14. ^ General Elections 1993, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  15. ^ 1993 Parliamentary Elections, Political Database of the Americas. (accessed 22 November 2014)
  16. ^ General Elections 1989, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  17. ^ 1989 Parliamentary Elections, Political Database of the Americas. (accessed 22 November 2014)
  18. ^ General Elections 1984, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  19. ^ 1984 Parliamentary Elections, Political Database of the Americas. (accessed 22 November 2014)
  20. ^ General Elections 1979, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  21. ^ General Elections 1974, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  22. ^ General Elections 1969, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  23. ^ General Elections 1965, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  24. ^ General Elections 1961, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)