Posted: Friday, September 21, 2018. 7:40 am CST.
By BBN Staff: The Belize Progressive Party (BPP), yesterday, issued a release demanding transparency from the Government in regards to the national referendum education campaign.
The BPP says that the issue is of paramount importance and warrants the full attention of all Belizeans and friends of Belize who understand the true depth of its gravity.
The party notes that Belizeans should be afforded the full exposure of the pros and cons of going to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
On April 10, 2019, Belizeans will go to the polls to vote in favor or against taking Guatemala’s long standing dispute on Belize’s continental, insular and maritime territory to the ICJ.
The BPP calls on the United Nations Development Program and financial donors (namely the Governments of the UK, as well as the US), to ensure that the funds granted in respect of the campaign are being used accordingly; which means that a neutral exercise is being undertaken and there is accountability required of the GOB in its use of the funds.
“ Thus ensuring that Belizeans are afforded an unbiased perspective as to the facts across the board and of equal significance, that the taxpayers of the aforementioned nations are assured their financial contribution to this matter is being handled with sound, fiscal due diligence,” the BPP stated.
The BPP says that with the dismal track-record of the Government of Belize and the People’s United Party regarding outright corruption, given the gravity of this matter, the BPP is obligated to take such measures to ensure that Belizeans are no longer short-changed on this existential issue which holds real implications for our nation’s future.
Furthermore, the BPP encourages all Belizeans to sound the alarm and inform overseers of the matter.
“8867 Today, 8867 Tomorrow, 8867 Forever Belize, Sovereign and Free – NO ICJ!” the statement ends.
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