Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2019. 6:20 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: This evening, the Government of Belize says it has learned of multiple alleged violations of the Representation of the People Act, Section 29, concerning employers granting employees reasonable time off from work to vote in today’s referendum.
Specifically, several employees have complained of not being granted time off by certain employers in the Belize and Toledo Districts respectively.
Both the Labour and Election and Boundaries Departments are following up on the complaints.
At every polling day, per the Act, every employer shall allow voters to vote in a reasonable time during the prescribed period for voting (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and shall not deduct pay or other remuneration or otherwise penalize him for his absence. Violators, by refusal, intimidation, undue influence or other interference face a fine of up to two thousand dollars or imprisonment of up to one year. It is not clear if this would be multiplied by the number of employees complaining.
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