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National re-registration scheduled for July, know the facts!

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018. 8:00 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: It has been almost 12 years since the Government of Belize has n’t cleaned up the voter’s list by way of a re-registration exercise.

This means that persons who are currently registered to vote in national elections will have to undergo the registration process again.

As a result, those persons who have moved or passed away or have not opted to register will not appear on the voters’ list.

Yesterday Chief Elections Officer, Josephine Tamai, shared some insight into the re-registration process scheduled for the start of July 2018.

She explained that registration centers will be opened across the country on July 2nd to facilitate those that will re-register.

She encourages all to participate in the exercise.

Plans are underway to assist those persons suffering from sickness and old age that may have difficulties mobilizing to register.

According to Tamai, those persons can contact the registering officers countrywide to pick up their applications.

Who is qualified to register?

Tamai informed that only those persons 18 years and older that are citizens of Belize or a citizen of a commonwealth country who has resided in Belize for no less than 12 months are qualified.

In which division can you register?

Tamai explained that you can only register in a division if you have lived there for two months.

During your attempt at registration, you are advised to bring an original birth certificate and photograph.

The photograph must be signed, stamped and certified by a Justice of the Peace.

Additionally, a copy of your Social Security Card or Passport will be accepted as a form of identification.

“Naturalized Belizeans must bring along either their Belizean passport or their nationality certificates. For those persons who present nationality certificated that does not have photographs on them, they are to ensure that they bring along a picture ID again, signed, stamped and certified by a Justice of the Peace,” said Tamai.

According to Tamai, this re-registration process should be completed by December.

The Elections and Boundaries Department has already identified an approximate 100 registration centers across the country where registration will be conducted from July to August.

She explained, “Once those registration centers are closed at the end of August, then persons will have to go into the election and boundaries registration offices to apply to register or to reregister.”

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