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Mar 3, 2015

Chief Elections Officer Breaks Down Municipalities By the Numbers

Josephine Tamai

Tamai also broke down the number of polling stations, as well as the deployment of public officers who will be working on Election Day.  Counting, she says, will be done in one location at the close of polls, except for Belize City which has a total of ten counting stations.

 

Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer

“In terms of the polling stations, we have a total of two hundred and twelve polling stations countrywide.  This is being broken down for Belize City, we have a total of eighty-six polling stations; Belmopan, nineteen polling stations; San Pedro, fifteen; Corozal, seventeen.  Orange Walk is twenty-three; San Ignacio/Santa Elena is twenty-five.  For Benque Viejo del Carmen it’s nine; Dangriga it’s eleven and for Punta Gorda we have seven.  That is the smallest municipality.  In terms of counting stations, for Belize City we have ten counting stations.  One assigned for each of the electoral divisions within Belize City and again that is a result of the large number of electors that we have from Belize City.  For the other districts, we have one counting station.  In terms of election workers, we have, including the police officers, we have, because they are public officers as well, and public officers are the ones who are used to manage elections on elections day.  So, we have a little over two thousand public officers who will be assigned duties on election day.  A little over a thousand is for election workers and the additional is for the police officers.  So far, like I said, we have tried to keep the numbers down in terms of those officers because as you all are aware it’s not a public and bank holiday so the business of the government must continue.  And that’s the reason why, in terms of the numbers, the might seem small but what we have requested is that officers perform duties as presiding poll clerks because what are trying to do this time around, I know that people are used to every single time that we just do one, two boxes at a time.  But because of the change, and we see the fact that we have more candidates coming into the elections, you have more split votes and it takes a long time and we know the public is there and they want to have their information, have the results out very quickly.  So what we’ve done is to try to ensure that we put things in place to ensure that we have persons counting simultaneously.”

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