By BBN Staff:Re-registration is scheduled for July of this year. However, the Government of Belize (GoB) wants to postpone it until July 2018 primarily for two reasons: 1.) GoB does not have the monies to conduct it and 2.) GoB wants to wait for the end of the Senate Select Committee inquiry to determine how many nationalities and passports were illegally issued.
In a letter dated March 7, 2017 addressed to President of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTCUB), Jacqueline Willoughby from Prime Minister Dean Barrow, this was confirmed.
In his letter the Prime Minister said the Chief Elections Officer has claimed that the cost of re-registration is about $20 million which the GoB has not budgeted and is unable to include in the 2017/18 budget.
Also, if action is not taken against those persons who illegally received citizenship, then they may be able to simply re-register and will as a result remain on the voter’s list.
According to PM Barrow, GoB is committed to hold off on redistricting until after re-registration and will not hold the referendum to take the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute until re-registration is conducted.