People's National Party (Belize)

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People's National Party
Leader Wil Maheia
Founded 19 February 2007
Headquarters 57 Main St., Punta Gorda, Belize
Colours Green, Yellow, & White
Seats in the Senate
0 / 12
Seats in the House
0 / 31
Local government
0 / 67
[1]
Website
www.pnpbelize.org

The People's National Party of Belize is a political movement headquartered in Punta Gorda, Toledo District, Belize. Operating primarily in southern Belize, the party fielded candidates in the 2008 and 2012 general elections. It held its first meeting on Monday, 19 February 2007 in San Antonio Village, Toledo District. As of April 2015 the PNP has yet to win a seat in the Belize House or a municipal election at the city or town level, however PNP members have served on village councils.

Background[edit]

The party leader is Wil Maheia, who is a consultant in farming, tourism and the environment. Maheia stood in the Toledo East constituency in the 2008 and 2012 elections. The PNP ran seven candidates in 2012, but failed to crack six percent of the vote in any race.[2]

Maheia also led PNP slates in municipal elections in Punta Gorda, most recently in March 2015.[1]

Ideology[edit]

The PNP's platform is anti-corruption and favours campaign finance reform as well as increased local control in Belizean government. The party strongly opposes making any territorial concessions with respect to the ongoing Belizean–Guatemalan territorial dispute, inclusive of accepting any potential rulings from the International Court of Justice on the matter.[3] Maheia in particular is a strident opponent of Guatemalan territorial claims in Belize.[4]

Alliances[edit]

The PNP joined a coalition of third parties contesting the 2008 general elections, known as the National Belizean Alliance (NBA). The NBA elected Maheia as leader, however the alliance became defunct after the election.

In recent years the PNP has maintained an informal alliance with the Belmopan-based Vision Inspired by the People, with which it shares similar anti-corruption stances.[5]

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