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Nov 4, 2016

NGO’s begin consultations on Thirteenth Senator

Armando Aban

A thirteenth Senator will be appointed in January, the choice of Belize’s non-governmental organizations. Following the Prime Minister’s signing of the commencement order for Sections seven and nine of the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, the NGO community has begun its consultations leading up to formal appointment. However, there are still questions as to how the process will be created and who will be able to participate. A list of twenty-two organizations was drafted by the Attorney General’s Ministry and submitted, and most of those organizations sent representatives to the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel today for a meeting. We spoke with Armando Aban, the International Commissioner of the Scouts Association of Belize, for details.

 

Armando Aban, International Commissioner, Scouts Association of Belize

“At this present time the N.G.O. has decided that they will be holding a next meeting next week , where we will further discuss the detailed information as to how the process will initiate.”

 

Reporter

“Now, the list that I have seen is twenty two NGOs, am I right? These are represented as NGOs in good standings?”

 

Armando Aban

“Yes.”

 

Reporter

“Now, we know that in this country there are many more than twenty-two NGOs, who determines when an N.G.O. is on good standing?”

 

Armando Aban

“Well, this is the process that we are going to determine to discuss the N.G.O. community has been represented today and we will be discussing more details on that since we have a small representation of all the N.G.O., we want to expand it for next week.”

 

Reporter

“So it won’t be only these twenty-two?”

 

Armando Aban

“No, it will be a wider amount, this is just the initiation of the process.”

 

Reporter

“But then this list was sent forth by the A.G., so will you have to confirm with the A.G. to determine what it means to be in good standings?”

Armando Aban

“The representation will determine that next week.”

 

Reporter

“So, at this point how close are we to determining who the N.G.O. will nominate to be its senator?”

 

Armando Aban

“The process has initiated that all I could tell you and next week we will discuss details.”

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