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Dec 9, 2016

2012 Elections Stolen? 2,000 New “Citizens” May Have Swung It, Say Leaked Papers

Were 2012’s general elections stolen? The United Democratic Party prevailed by the slimmest of margins, winning sixteen seats to fifteen for the People’s United Party. In several constituencies, the vote was especially close; most notably, neighbouring Cayo Northeast and Cayo Central, where Elvin Penner and current Minister Rene Montero were each elected to their second term by seventeen and forty-five votes, respectively. It has been documented that thousands of new citizens were created in the last few months of the race as Ministers raced to the Immigration Department to get potential voters registered and documented to make the voters’ list. As we reported on Thursday, new information has surfaced: a list of at least two thousand alleged illegal immigrants who were assisted to get their papers. It came straight to the home of Leader of the Opposition John Briceño, and today in the House he used it to make the case for a complete cleaning of the voters’ list.

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“Eight hundred and twenty-two Guatemalans got their nationalities. Three hundred and sixty-six from El Salvador; three hundred and thirty from Honduras; sixty-two Chinese; and then we have from all over the place, Mr. Speaker. We have from Bangladesh; we have from Spain; we have from Ukraine; we have from Ghana; from Pakistan; from Vietnam; from Brazil; from Romania – from all over the place, these people got their nationalities. There was no proper vetting and no proper process was followed – the same thing that Carla Faber mentioned when she was questioned, Mr. Speaker. If you can remember…”

 

Michael Peyrefitte, Speaker of the House

“You can respond to him, Minister. You can respond to him when he is done.”

 

John Briceño

“If you can remember, just before the elections in 2012, the media was out here, late at night – unu remember, gentlemen up there? – they were out here when Ministers were carrying box loads of applications! They were taking box loads of applications so that they can hurry process these applications…  That is the problem, that whenever we start to speak about the truth, that side start to holla and say all kinds of things, because the truth hurts, and we know that today we have one of the most corrupt Governments this country has ever seen, by my colleagues over the other side, Mr. Speaker. That is why, Mr. Speaker, we are saying – we are saying now, that we have to clean up the list, the voters’ list; the voters’ list needs to be cleaned up. We don’t know where these people are. And I can give you examples – in Cayo, in Cayo West – ah di come to that, my boy.”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

“Member, you can’t speak about more than one issue on the adjournment, member.”

 

John Briceño

“I’m talking about this whole thing with Immig – because of the Immigration they have contaminated the voters’ list, and it needs to be cleaned up, Mr. Speaker.”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

“And because you contaminate the voters’ list, democracy is at stake; because democracy is at stake…”

 

John Briceño

“Yes it is!”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

“It’s a never ending continuing…”

 

John Briceño

“And I am saying yes it is, Mr. Speaker, because they need to stop that…”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

“You have made your point. The point you wanted to make was that supposedly the Government in power stole the election; you have said that. What else is your point?”

 

John Briceño

“And I am saying that now that voters’ list is contaminated, and it needs to be cleaned up. That is why they don’t want to have a re-registration.”

 

A re-registration, last conducted in 1997 and due every fifteen years under the law which was amended several years ago, is scheduled in advance of the next major election.

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3 Responses for “2012 Elections Stolen? 2,000 New “Citizens” May Have Swung It, Say Leaked Papers”

  1. Eye in the Sky says:

    Same old trick now done by another political party.

  2. Hopeless says:

    That Speader Pay Refit is sick. His bias and prejudice has driven him incapable of thinking right.

  3. carlos says:

    They should clean the voters list before the government can carry out a referendum for the Guatemalan claim. Too many Guatemalan Vote in the general elections in the Cayo district constituencies. In Cayo West buses of people come across the boarder to vote. They do not live in Belize and yet they vote for general elections.
    Clean the voter list or no referendum.

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