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Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2019. 10:51 am CST.

By BBN Staff: With only a couple of hours to go for the opening of polling stations countrywide, Belizeans have geared up to 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.

As of April 2019, the Elections and Boundaries Department listed that with the total of 31 electoral divisions, 148,500 Belizeans have re-registered to vote.

Women electors amounted to 78,173 while men electors are 70,327.

On July 1, 2018, Belize began its national re-registration process and at the time, there were a total of 205,055 registered electors.

This leaves a difference of 56,555 electors who were on the previous voters’ list that did not re-register.

Belizeans will be asked to vote yes or no to:

Do you agree that any legal claim of Guatemala against Belize relating to land and insular territories and to any maritime areas pertaining to these territories should be submitted to the International Court of Justice for final settlement and that it determine finally the boundaries of the respective territories and areas of the Parties?

Ultimately, Belizeans have the power to decide whether or not to take the claim to the ICJ for final settlement. If Belizeans vote ‘Yes’, then we must follow the procedures at the court and if we vote ‘No’, then negotiations must continue.

BBN encourages all Belizeans to devote time to seek information, and when you ink your fingers on May 8, 2019, vote your conscience based on the facts provided and not based on what your party is telling you.



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