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Aug 18, 2016

Senate Discusses Appointment of Doug Singh to Elections Commission

Mark Lizarraga

Former U.D.P. senator Doug Singh has been named chair of the Elections and Boundaries Commission.  His appointment was made formal on Monday, despite having assumed the post since January first.  Singh, who is also a former minister of police, succeeds Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai, who acted in the capacity as chair.  On Monday, during an abbreviated meeting of upper parliament, Senator Mark Lizarraga, who represents the business community, spoke on the pressing need for a nationwide redistricting exercise to be conducted.

 

Mark Lizarraga, Senator, Business Community

“Mister President, this appointment is a very important appointment.  With your permission Mister President, I would like to remind this honorable house of one of the pillars of the business manifesto that we had circulated to all the political parties prior to the election.  Electoral reform for us is a matter that should be conducted, it’s a matter that needs be conducted urgently.  In our manifesto we called for an audit to clear up any uncertainties as it relates to the legitimacy and the legality of voters on the voters list and to ensure that periodic audits be conducted to maintain the integrity of the voters list. We are not sure Mister President what is going to be the mandate of the newly appointed chair but we would like to submit that those items that we mentioned need to be seriously looked at.  I understand that perhaps one of the exercises he will be looking at is the redistricting of our electoral divisions and if that is to be so then we applaud that effort and we look forward to supporting it because, as we know, too many divisions, small divisions, wield disproportionate political weight in this country.  Representatives in certain divisions need only court three thousand electors.  In other divisions the sizes are perhaps nine thousand, maybe even ten thousand.  So that’s what we call disproportionate representation and it has been a major concern for us over the years Mister President.  So we look forward to perhaps, and it is a shame that we didn’t see, perhaps a list of the items that this new gentleman will be tasked to perform.  But we look forward to it.  Perhaps the time is not now but we look forward to it in the future so that we can participate in that process to see what his mandate is and in what timeframe he seeks to achieve his mandate.  So again Mister President, this is an exercise and this is a very important role that this gentleman is going to play and I hope Mister President that it is done in earnest and that we will be able to participate in the process.  Thank you.”

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1 Response for “Senate Discusses Appointment of Doug Singh to Elections Commission”

  1. carlos says:

    A re-registration is necessary at this time. Too many people from Guatemala enter the country to vote. A friend of mine lives in melchor, has never lived in Belize and can vote here for general and town board election. How do these people get voter’s I D card? The same politicians facilitate the voter’s I D .

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