Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2017. 11:56 am CST.
Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2017. 11:45 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff:A press release was issued today informing that the leaders of the political parties inclusive of the PUP and the VIP met last week to call on the Government to comply with the rule of law and immediately begin the legally overdue re-registration of electors.
The leaders agreed that in light of the revelation that a number of persons were given fraudulent nationality certificates, which allowed these individuals to register and vote in elections in Belize, that a proper re-registration exercise was the only way to ensure that future elections are free and fair.
The release states that they agreed that the current voter register is compromised and as a result illegal.
They also expressed serious concern over the padding of voter lists in a number of key constituencies.
“With municipal elections set for 7th March 2018, and the possibility of an early referendum on the matter of going to the ICJ, the leaders are insisting that re-registration occur before the planned re-divisioning announced by the Election and Boundaries Commission,” it further explains.
They maintain that re-divisioning before re-registration is a nonsensical proposition, which appears to have gerrymandering of electoral divisions as its sole purpose to create a more favorable advantage for the incumbent UDP.
It ends by calling on labor unions, civil society and religious organizations and all Belizeans to support the request for re-registration this year.
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