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PEACE Movement to continue with redistricting case

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Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2020. 9:16 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Belize PEACE Movement says it is moving forward with its case against the Elections and Boundaries Commission and others, despite co-claimant Wil Maheia choosing to participate in the upcoming general election. 

In a statement, the BPM said the letter leaked last Friday was written before his formal announcement and sent after prior private engagement. The group still has its concerns but Maheia has indicated he is “deadly serious” about his participation. He has made no public comment since the letter was revealed. 

As for its own position, the BPM says it is not a sister organization of the Belize Progressive Party and is officially apolitical and, therefore, will make no endorsements for the General Election. Its focus is removing corruption and unfair practices and with regard to redistricting, the unfairness it says lies behind the fact that “the vote of an elector in Stann Creek West or Belmopan or Orange Walk North to be worth significantly less than that of an elector in Fort George, Queen Square or the Albert division.” Moreover, it concludes, the delay in redistricting of divisions is unconstitutional. 

The case is delayed because of an extended court recess due to COVID-19. 

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