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2020 general elections voting

Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2020. 7:22 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The preliminary report from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Election Observer Mission (CEOM), which observed the November 11 General Elections, says that the election process in Belize was free and fair.

At a debriefing today, Jeanette Charles, Chief of Mission of the CEOM, explained that a team of six election observer experts, who had been invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, arrived in Belize days before the election and held meetings with stakeholders on concerns and election preparedness. On election day, the CEOM dispatched three teams and headed to all districts, except for Toledo, visiting around 30 electoral divisions and just under 200 individual polling stations.

“The CEOM observed the smooth and timely opening of the pools, the seamless voting process, and the efficiency of the polls and tallying of the votes,” Charles said. “There were no incidents of intimidation of voters indie or outside of the polling stations.”

Charles also said that CARICOM commends the Elections and Boundaries Commission for implementing COVID-19 safety protocols for the voting process including social distancing, mandatory mask-wearing, and the use of hand sanitizers throughout the process. Overall, CARICOM congratulated the people of Belize on a well-executed election. A full report is expected to follow.

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