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Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2019. 10:55 am CST.

By BBN Staff: In 2008, Belize held a national referendum to coincide with the 2008 General Elections.

The then PUP administration asked Belizeans: “Should the Senate of Belize be elected?”

At the time, the Constitution of Belize required a 60% voter turnout for the results of a national referendum to be implemented. Belize had 156,993 total registered electors.

Of the total amount of Belizean electors, 46% participated, therefore, the results were not implemented. In addition, this was the general elections that the PUP lost and the UDP won in a major upset.

Compared to the historic national referendum to be held tomorrow, there is no longer the requirement of the 60% threshold to implement the results of the referendum. In 2017, the Government of Belize (UDP administration) amended the referendum act changing the 60% threshold to a simple majority vote.

As of April 2019, there is a total of 148,500 registered electors registered to their respective electoral divisions within the 344 polling stations countrywide.

Whichever way Belizeans decide to vote tomorrow will be earmarked in the history of Belize.

 

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