Posted: Friday, February 22, 2019. 1:49 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Prime Minister Dean Barrow addressed concerns this week about persons not being able to register at the Vital Statistics Unit due to documentation issues.
Barrow explained that there have been several instances reported in which elderly persons say that they were born in Belize but do not have any documentation to prove such. He stressed that these extreme circumstances pose a major problem for the Vital Statistics Unit, which in most cases wants to register these persons but are prohibited, by law, from doing so.
“…you must have some kind of swearing for the person. By some neighbor or some school official, something. But in the absence of any documentation, whatsoever, the people at Vital Stats are stuck,” Barrow said.
He noted that the Attorney General is prepared to accept affidavits by other Belizeans who can vouch that these persons were born in Belize. The issues at the Vital Statistics Unit have been emphasized over the past few weeks, given the upcoming April 10 referendum on taking the territorial dispute with Guatemala to the International Court of Justice.
The Opposition People’s United Party held a protest outside the Vital Stats office on Queen Street this week because the party feels that the unit is not processing applications in a timely fashion.
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