Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2020. 8:24 am CST.
By BBN Staff: The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) has the ability to block the November 11 elections by way of a Supreme Court injunction.
The BPM’s Chairman Robert Lopez, in a previous interview with BBN had said that once the Prime Minister declared the election date, the BPM would be there to file the injunction because of a major deficiency in the election process, and with the announcement this week, the BPM is making good on its word.
The BPM contends that the sizes of the electoral constituencies are disproportionate, which is against the Constitution of Belize thereby making any election result under those conditions null and void.
“We want to ask Belizeans to once-and-for-all, let us place our constitution where it rightfully belongs, giving it the due respect that it deserves, and let us for once follow what it says,” Lopez said.
Lopez said this week that he believes the party has a good chance of securing the injunction in court, and that the court would want toexpedite the matter to ensure that government has the time to complete the necessary redistricting process and still hold the election this year. Lopez said that, based on research the BPM conducted, larger
countries such as Australia complete redistricting exercises in around a month, with the use of technology.
The BPM took the Government of Belize to court over redistricting last year. Lopez said that the matter was called up recently but was adjourned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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