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Government argues ‘no-do-over’ for electoral boundaries; decision to be given

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2024. 12:20 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Answering the arguments of Arthur Saldivar, Assistant Solicitor General Samantha Matute contended that the Elections and Boundaries Commission having done its job, it is now time for Parliament to do theirs.

Matute characterized the application of the Belize PEACE Movement’s members as “misconceived” and argued that the court, even with inherent jurisdiction, should not intervene in a parliamentary matter. The applicants, she said, had not challenged whether there was compliance, only whether the compliance matched their standards.

The redistricting of electoral divisions also pays heed to physical boundaries and transportation of voters at election time, something the Sean Trende export report before the court did not consider.

Saldivar rejoined that the time had come to deal with this matter firmly rather than kick the can down the road and that a “constitutional crisis” would otherwise result.

Justice Nadine Nabie, presiding, indicated she would have a decision within a month; the report has been tabled at the National Assembly since last July, needing only Parliamentary approval to become law.

 

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