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Diasporan organization joins calls for voter re-registration

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017. 8:47 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Belizeans United for Equal Rights at Home and the Diaspora (BUFERHD), is calling on Belizeans to reject that voter re-registration has been postponed until next year.

The organization, in a statement released to day, said it joins all concerned parties taking issue with the fact that re-registration was deferred until after the municipal elections set for next March.

The organization also takes issue with the way re-registration was deferred, pointing out that under the constitution of Belize the exercise is long overdue.

“The blatant continued violation of our citizens’ constitutional rights in this manner is condemned, and deserves consequential resistance and opposition by all our people if we are to uphold the sacred covenant and protection our constitution provides to us,” BUFERHD said.

The organization also took issue with the fact that both major political parties have been known to tamper with the registration process, by falsifying addresses for voters or padding their lists with people who do not actually live in their constituency. BUFERHD called on the Government of Belize to impose stiffer penalties on anyone found defrauding the system, as it represents a mockery of Belize’s democracy.

Finally, the organization called on GOB to revise the voting system, stating that under the current system, votes are actually not a secret, because they are easily traceable.

The Governor General, Sir Colville Young, had signed a Statutory Instrument, Gazetted at the end of June, which deferred voter registration exercises to July 1, 2018. Non-governmental Organizations, the Opposition, and even political third parties have come out against the decision, saying that it was not in the best interest of the Belizean people.

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