By Aaron Humes: In a special virtual meeting this afternoon, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams tried to dispel rumours that the institution of an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew on Election Day, November 11, was to allow potential “theft” of the election.
After reviewing the process of election, the Commissioner said the curfew would not hamper the processes overseen by those working on Election Day, including candidates, nor the work of the media.
As an important part of democracy, Commissioner Williams said, the press is necessary to be present at the counting and oversee any potential inconsistencies and irregularities.
The curfew is solely for the purposes of ensuring that people are kept off the streets to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Even voters who may still be in line at 8 p.m. would be allowed to vote and go home unimpeded.
“What we don’t want is when the polling is over and the counting is over and the victory is announced, people will want to come out and celebrate and they will do so in large numbers,” the Commissioner said.
As for gathering at other people’s homes, the Commissioner said Police will be busy enough on election night, so Belizeans are asked to stay within their sphere and avoid spreading or exposing themselves to COVID-19. The Quarantine Regulations remain in effect and will be enforced.