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Decision this afternoon on joining of Lord Ashcroft to redistricting case

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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020. 1:43 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is to decide this afternoon whether Michael Ashcroft will be joined to the Belize PEACE Movement’s case for redistricting of electoral divisions.

During arguments on Monday morning, Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck submitted that his client is a citizen of Belize, a voter in the Fort George division, an investor and generally interested in happenings here. Marshalleck asked that he be joined under the standard of the UNIBAM case from 2013 when churches and international organizations were made interested parties and at least one was attached in the subsequent appeal.

But speaking for the Elections and Boundaries Commission and its chairman Doug Singh, Crown Counsel Kileru Awich said that the Lord is not currently registered to vote in Belize, and that his attachment would delay the disposition of the case and not add anything to the plaintiff’s case.

A decision will be handed down today at 2 p.m. We will have it and reaction to it in a subsequent story.

 

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