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PUP launches ICJ campaign

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2018. 9:00 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Yesterday, the national executive of the People’s United Party met in Independence Hall, Belize city to discuss several national issues including Belize’s upcoming national referendum on taking Guatemala’s long standing claim on Belize’s territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

According to the party, their decision to launch this campaign is to inform and further educate Belizeans on the matter since the government is not fulfilling their responsibility for a national education campaign.

Chairman of the PUP, Henry Charles Usher explained that the campaign will begin in September and will go through to January to inform voters of all the issues surrounding the ICJ and the facts about a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ vote.

Usher further said that the party will carry out the campaign because government has not begun any education campaign and Belizeans will be informed of the pros and cons of going to the ICJ or not.

Attorney Eamon Courtney will lead the education campaign.

Deputy PUP Party leader, Cordel Hyde and Oscar Requena among others will be joining the team.

The party says that the campaign will be done by caucus.

The PUP also says that since this issue is of a ‘personal nature’, the party has adopted that each person will vote their conscience on the issue.

Today, the PUP is expected to issue information surrounding the beginning of the campaign so that Belizeans can attend.

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