Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2019. 8:54 am CST.
By BBN Staff: After the sitting of the House of Representatives held yesterday in Belmopan, Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the media that general elections will be called on schedule for November 2020.
7News Director, Jules Vasquez asked PM Barrow if there is any consideration in calling early elections given the fact that Belizeans voted ‘Yes’ to the ICJ, which is exactly what the UDP was campaigning for.
PM Barrow explained that a ‘Yes’ vote cannot be seen as a win for the UDP, as a ‘No’ vote would also not mean a win for the PUP.
“It would be insulting to all those PUP’s who voted yes and who came out; people like Lisa and Godfrey Smith and G Michael Reid and Glenn Tillett and Joe Coye. You can’t treat this as some vote of confidence in the UDP. This is a stand-alone thing. This had to do with going to the ICJ and the majority of people were sensible enough to agree that that is what we needed to do,” Barrow stated.
In addition, PM Barrow said that indeed, the UDP has gotten a ‘referendum bump’ but the party cannot go to the public and use that bump to try and propel them into a fourth term.
“So, no man; we proceed in the normal course and I believe that we are looking at elections as scheduled- in November of 2020,” Barrow asserted.
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