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Aug 18, 2016

B.P.P. Says “Take It to the People!”

Patrick Rogers

Take it to the people! That is the advice of the Belize Progressive Party on issues ranging from the recent decision on Section Fifty-three of the Criminal Code, to legalization of marijuana use, to signing the United Nations Anti-Corruption Convention.  In terms of background, the 2008 referendum on electing the Senate, the only one in Belize’s history, was successful but non-binding. Neither the OCEANA effort to tackle offshore drilling, nor the Elvin Penner recall referendum passed the petition stage.  So according to the B.P.P. Leader, Patrick Rogers, the “People’s Referendum,” like OCEANA’s in 2013, will not be legally constituted, but the outcome will be the will of the people, which Government cannot afford to ignore:

 

Patrick Rogers, Party Leader, B.P.P.

“And even for those referendums that the House calls, you are right: there is no law that binds the elected members in the House to go vote based on the outcome of a referendum; you are absolutely right in saying that. However, referendums are used to guide elected members in Government, what the will of the people they are governing is. Now, any responsible administration, after seeing the results of a referendum, if they choose to maintain a stance that is in opposing view to that referendum result, they won’t be governing much longer, I assure you. Because laws must benefit the population – our Constitution says to make laws that are beneficial to the people of Belize, right? So if the law is not beneficial to us, we have a right to resist that law, okay? If we say we want the law to be this way and the Government refuse to put the law this way, they won’t be governing too long, Aaron you know how it is.”

 

The B.P.P., according to Treasurer Robert “Bobby” Lopez, will go to its financiers to raise approximately three hundred thousand dollars for the costs of the proposed “People’s Referendum.” Rogers also told News Five that depending on the result, they may lobby to have these questions added to the proposed referendum on attending the International Court of Justice to resolve the Belize-Guatemala claim: that issue is one of those listed in the Referendum Act as requiring a referendum of the Belizean people for approval.

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1 Response for “B.P.P. Says “Take It to the People!””

  1. Belizean Pride says:

    Bring it on we need it now, we’re tired of being dictated with the two parties always doing as they please. I guess referendum should be the way to have these things solved with the people’s interest well heard through a referendum.

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