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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020. 2:53 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The leader and leader-elect of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s United Party (PUP) have been addressed by the Belize PEACE Movement on the issue of redistricting of electoral divisions between now and the impending General Elections.

The case brought by the BPM, with Lord Ashcroft as an interested party, resumes on July 24 in the Supreme Court with consideration of accepting an expert witness.

Both Patrick Faber and John Briceno have been told that the BPM expects that districts will be redone before general elections are called, or else risk continued unfair representation and perpetuation of chronic social conditions caused by a lack of resources in their view.

In letters forwarded to the press today, each man was reminded that the OAS Electoral Missions of 2012 and 2015 had both called for redistricting.

The new chair of the Elections and Boundaries Commission Steve Perrera has said he will make his position known once he is briefed on the case.

Faber, when asked about the matter at the UDP National Convention on July 12, referred reporters to his previous comments.

Briceno told us earlier this year that it was not likely in his view that redistricting could be done in time for the elections, a view with which the BPM and its attorney Arthur Saldivar disagrees.

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