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2023 Human Rights Report: “Elections were fair and free of abuses and limited women ran for elected office”

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2024. 4:26 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The U.S. State Department has released the 2023 Human Rights Report.

The report indicated that in Belize, the law provided citizens the ability to choose their government in free and fair periodic elections held by secret ballot and based on universal and equal suffrage.

“National elections were widely reported to be fair and free of abuses and irregularities,” the report noted.

However, the opposition party (UDP) alleged that being a member of the ruling Peoples United Party conferred certain advantages in gaining employment, permits, or government contracts at the local and national levels.

“This belief was widely shared by the public,” it added.

And, observers noted that cultural and societal constraints, including strong discouragement from family members and a general voter bias for electing men, limited the number of women running for elected office.

 

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