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Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2021. 12:45 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Belize PEACE Movement affirms that after unsuccessful attempts at settlement, its case against the Election and Boundaries Commission regarding redistricting of electoral divisions will proceed to trial.

Thus, it is not true, according to the BPM, that its case is “in abeyance” for failing to file witness statements on time; those statements have in fact been filed, according to a press statement issued today.

That was the claim allegedly made by Minister of the Public Service, Henry Charles Usher, on a talk show last week.

On the further claim allegedly made by the Minister on the same show that the Elections and Boundaries Commission that redistricting is now “in full swing,” the BPM asks: why hasn’t the court been informed? In any event, the BPM says its case will proceed.

Cabinet has said publicly that it urged the relevant Ministries and Government Departments to produce a redistricting plan for approval by Cabinet. One attorney participating in the case, Arthur Saldivar, called this Executive interference in the role of the Judiciary.

The new government had set itself a one-year deadline for redistricting after opposing the postponement of last year’s general elections for lack of redistricted divisions.

The BPM reiterates that, “the only route to democratically develop Belize is to ensure that FAIR REPRESENTATION prevails.”

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