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Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2020. 1:10 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Belize Police Department is being asked to do many things with regard to Wednesday’s general elections.

Following a meeting with his regional and district commanders, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams addressed reporters on the various roles the police will have on election day.

“One of the greatest tasks of police is to ensure that the election process goes through peacefully and this year is going to be no different. The only difference with this year is that we are having an election in a time of a pandemic during which we still have a quarantine regulation that needs to be enforced with a view to ensure that we protect our citizenry from contracting the COVID-19 virus during this time,” the Commissioner said.

Police will be deployed to the more than one hundred polling stations in the daytime to enforce law and order at the directive of the presiding officer. During counting, police will act on the instruction of the returning officer.

Williams said they do not expect any civil disobedience to break out but are prepared if it does.

The Department stands ready to ensure a smooth holding of elections on Wednesday and the transition beyond.

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