Freetown (Belize House Constituency)
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Freetown Belize House Constituency
Freetown
Constituency
for the Belize House of Representatives
DistrictBelize
Electorate4,592 (2015)
Major settlementsBelize City (part)
Current constituency
Created1961
Party  People's United Party
Area RepresentativeFrancis Fonseca

Freetown is an electoral constituency in the Belize District represented in the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belize since 2003 by Francis Fonseca of the People's United Party. Fonseca served as PUP leader and Leader of the Opposition from 2011 to 2016.

Profile

The Freetown constituency was created for the 1961 general election as part of a major nationwide redistricting. The constituency hugs the Caribbean Sea shoreline on the northwest outskirts of Belize City, also taking in some of the city center. It borders the Belize Rural Central, Lake Independence, Pickstock, Fort George and Caribbean Shores constituencies.[1]

Freetown was represented by longtime People's United Party leader and Prime Minister George Cadle Price from 1961 to 1984, when he was upset by the United Democratic Party's Derek Aikman, a relative political newcomer. Aikman was one of two UDP area representatives who defected to the newly created National Alliance for Belizean Rights party in early 1992.

A by-election was held in January 1993 after Aikman was expelled from the House for bankruptcy. At that election the seat returned to PUP control.[2]

Area Representatives

Election Area Representative[3] Party
1961 George Cadle Price PUP
1984 Derek Aikman UDP
1992 NABR
1993 by-election Jorge Espat PUP
2003 Francis Fonseca PUP

Elections

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
2012 general election [4]
Electorate: 4,230
Turnout: 2,031 (62.63%) −12.25
PUP hold
Majority: 150 (5.0%) +4.42
Francis FonsecaPUP1,55851.95+2.37
Lee Mark Chang UDP1,40846.95−2.05
2008 general election [5]
Electorate: 3,687
Turnout: 2,761 (74.88%) −1.82
PUP hold
Majority: 16 (0.58%) −19.42
Francis FonsecaPUP1,36949.58−10.42
Michael Peyrefitte UDP1,35349.0+9.0
Jorge Ernesto "Prophet" Babb NRTCP190.69-
2003 general election [6]
Electorate: 2,509
Turnout: 1,925 (76.7%) −12.69
PUP hold
Majority: 383 (20.0%) −25.3
Francis FonsecaPUP1,15460.0−11.81
Dough Singh UDP77140.0+13.49
1998 general election [7]
Electorate: 1,988
Turnout: 1,777 (89.39%) +17.78
PUP hold
Majority: 805 (45.3%) +22.3
Jorge EspatPUP1,27671.81+10.31
Marisa Marisol Quan UDP47126.51−11.99
Abel J. Rodriguez PDP211.18-
1993 general election [8][9]
Electorate: 2,758
Turnout: 1,975 (71.61%) +11.38
PUP hold
Majority: 453 (23.0%) −18.43
Jorge EspatPUP1,21461.5−6.36
Owen Morrison UDP76138.5+12.07
January 1993 by-election [10][2]
Electorate: 3,166
Turnout: 1,907 (60.23%) −2.71
PUP gain from NABR
Majority: 790 (41.43%) +31.23
Jorge EspatPUP1,29467.86+22.96
Howell Longsworth UDP50426.43−28.67
Adelma Broaster NABR1025.35-
1989 general election [11][12]
Electorate: 2,771
Turnout: 1,744 (62.94%) −5.49
UDP hold
Majority: 178 (10.2%) −10.6
Derek AikmanUDP96155.1−4.4
Araceli Krohn PUP78344.9+6.2
1984 general election [13][14]
Electorate: 2,151
Turnout: 1,472 (68.43%) −19.96
UDP gain from PUP
Majority: 306 (20.8%) +17.2
Derek AikmanUDP87659.5+11.6
George Cadle Price PUP57038.7−12.8
1979 general election [15]
Electorate: 3,576
Turnout: 3,161 (88.39%) +18.01
PUP hold
Majority: 3.6% (−17.9)
George Cadle PricePUP51.5−8.7
Manuel Esquivel UDP47.9+9.2
1974 general election [16]
Electorate: 2,242
Turnout: 1,578 (70.38%) −8.4
PUP hold
Majority: 21.5% (+6.0)
George Cadle PricePUP60.2+3.3
Henry Fairweather UDP38.7-
1969 general election [17]
Electorate: 1,951
Turnout: 1,537 (78.78%) +10.46
PUP hold
Majority: 15.5% (−6.2)
George Cadle PricePUP56.9−3.2
Henry Fairweather NIP41.4+3.0
1965 general election [18]
Electorate: 2,898
Turnout: 1,980 (68.32%) −19.52
PUP hold
Majority: 21.7% (−20.6)
George Cadle PricePUP60.1−7.0
Tharine Rudon NIP38.4+13.6
1961 general election [19]
Electorate: 1,850
Turnout: 1,625 (87.84%) n/a
PUP win
Majority: 42.3% (n/a)
George Cadle PricePUP67.1-
Sabino Savery NIP24.8-
Ernest Cain CDP7.6-

References

  1. ^ Belize election maps, Psephos - Adam Carr's Election Archive. (accessed 20 November 2014)
  2. ^ a b From the Publisher, Amandala. (accessed 22 November 2014)
  3. ^ Elections Results, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 20 November 2014)
  4. ^ GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS 2012, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  5. ^ 2008 General Elections Final Results , Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  6. ^ 2003 General Elections final results, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  7. ^ General Elections 1998, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  8. ^ General Elections 1993, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  9. ^ 1993 Parliamentary Elections, Political Database of the Americas. (accessed 22 November 2014)
  10. ^ 1993 Freetown By-Election, Political Database of the Americas. (accessed 22 November 2014)
  11. ^ General Elections 1989, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  12. ^ 1989 Parliamentary Elections, Political Database of the Americas. (accessed 22 November 2014)
  13. ^ General Elections 1984, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  14. ^ 1984 Parliamentary Elections, Political Database of the Americas. (accessed 22 November 2014)
  15. ^ General Elections 1979, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  16. ^ General Elections 1974, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  17. ^ General Elections 1969, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  18. ^ General Elections 1965, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
  19. ^ General Elections 1961, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)
National Assembly of Belize
Preceded by
(office established)
Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
1981-1984
Succeeded by
Caribbean Shores
Preceded by
Orange Walk Central
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
2011-present
Succeeded by
incumbent


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