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PUP Party Leader urges supporters to engage in ‘NO to ICJ’ campaign

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2019. 2:40 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: A letter sent by PUP party Leader, John Briceno to his standard bearers was leaked to the media today.

In his letter, Briceno mentions that despite the legal challenge mounted by the PUP and  legal process that continue  to   run  its  course    through   the  Court   system, the  Prime  Minister  moved ahead  and  set May 8, as  the  new  date  for  the  holding  of  the Referendum.     

Briceno explains to his standard bearers that at the sitting of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the PUP tried to list the problems faced in going to this national referendum.

“In   addition   to   the  legal issues,  we still  have thousands of   Belizeans  being kept off   the  voter register, there are still  many loose ends with respect  to the  management  of the referendum  by the  Election   and  Boundaries Department, the  one  sided nature of   the  education  campaign has  still  not  been addressed  and  issues     like  the  repeal  or  replacement of   the  Maritime  Areas Act  along with those other issues set   out  in   the  People’s   Declaration  have not     been met,” Briceno declared.

Furthermore, Briceno says that due to this and other issues with the Government, the PUP is encouraging voters to vote No on May 8, 2019.

 He also says that the party should engage in a proper execution of a ‘No to the ICJ’ campaign.

“I am asking all standard   bearers to activate their campaign     committees and to hit  the streets ensuring that  PUP  supporters come out  in  large numbers  on  referendum  day  to  vote  NO,” the letter states.

 Briceno urged all standard bearers to activate and prepare their election day plan to result in a ‘No to ICJ’ vote.

On May 8, Belizeans will participate in a historic national referendum on whether or not to take Guatemala’s claim on Belize’s territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for final settlement.


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