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Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018. 4;35 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) issued a release today informing that it plans to boycott the upcoming municipal elections.

The VIP noted that one year ago, the VIP and the PUP met to call on government to comply with the rule of law and immediately begin re-registration of electors.

According to the VIP, 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.

Since the BPP insisted that voter register is compromised and illegal, they had expressed concern over the padding of voters lists.

The VIP has noted that despite the call for re-registration by leaders of the opposition political parties and the approach of municipal elections, to date there has been no such re-registration of electors or reforms in campaign financing and other regulations to improve our system of democratic governance.

The VIP informs that it has taken the decision not to participate in the upcoming municipal elections and is requesting electors in every municipality to take a stance and to boycott these elections in protest.

The VIP is encouraging voters who are dissatisfied with or refuse to accept the current voter lists to take one of the following two steps: (1) abstain from going to vote or (2) to register a protest vote, by marking the ballot with an X across the entire ballot paper

The VIP urges citizens to carefully consider the message sent to our politicians when we knowingly participate in an elections that uses an illegal and outdated election list.

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