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Aug 18, 2016

Opposition Wants Re-Registration Before Re-Districting

Michel Chebat

Attorney Michel Chebat, who was sworn in as a temporary senator on Monday, sat in for Senator Eamon Courtenay.  He shared the opposition’s perspective on Singh’s appointment.

 

Michel Chebat, P.U.P. Senator

“Prior to today’s official appointment of Mr. Singh, it has come to my attention that in fact Mr. Singh has already held one or more meetings in the capacity of the chairman of the Elections and Boundaries Commission.  Be that as it may Mister President, I would like to stress that the matters that the Elections and Boundaries Commission will be likely dealing with are redistricting and re-registration.  For us and for the country of Belize Mister President it is important that there be no redistricting until we have done a re-registration in this country.  It has been twenty years since there was a re-registration Mister President.  Anyone in this country who is involved in the registration process can tell you that there are hundreds of names that appear on each of the constituency list of voters who you cannot find and miraculously they appear on election day to vote.  It is time for re-registration Mister President, for Mr. Singh and the commission to fulfill the requirements of Section Ninety-one of the Constitution; there must be re-registration before redistricting and we call upon him to embark on that process forthwith.  Thank you Mister President.”

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