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Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2020. 9:18 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Arthur Saldivar, attorney for the Belize PEACE Movement which is demanding proper redistricting of boundaries before any general election is called, says the Supreme Court will set a date shortly for the resumption of the case.

The matter has taken on more urgency with rumors of an impending general election in which his clients intend to participate.

Saldivar and Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck, representing Lord Michael Ashcroft who was added as an interested party in the case a few months ago, have written to the Registrar General asking that the case be called up considering the shortness of time and the importance of the exercise.

By law, Belize may have no less than 28 and no more than 31 equal divisions of registered voters, which number roughly 150,000 at this time.

Saldivar and Marshalleck told reporters that, in Saldivar’s words, “There can [be] no valid election when the Constitution of Belize is not being followed,” and that time cannot be used as a valid reason to hold the elections unconstitutionally.

The last redistricting exercise took place in 2007 with the addition of two new divisions, Belmopan and Cayo South, and redrawn boundaries for others, but population growth has seen an unbalancing with rural divisions growing more greatly than urban ones, particularly in Belize City.

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