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Feb 20, 2017

Nationality Rush in 2012 Made No Difference in Election Result, Claims P.M.

The People’s United Party, following a bolt from the blue, during a testimony given by former Immigration Director Ruth Meighan, claims that the 2012 general elections were stolen by the United Democratic Party.  The charge comes after it was revealed during the ongoing Senate Inquiry that hundreds of immigrants were fraudulently naturalized ahead of the elections.  PM Barrow bluntly dismissed that claim.

 

Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“That’s absolute nonsense.  Listen, before every election, you can check the historical records and you can check the anecdotal evidence, you would have had in your archives footage of the crowds that line up for nationalization before an election because indeed people want to get their citizenship so that they can vote and that’s all that happened on this occasion.  Now, admittedly, among the hundreds, perhaps thousands that did get naturalization before the last election, there would have been a few cases, as it now turns out, of people whose papers were not in fact in order.  So my best guess, you might find thirty or so of those cases.  You are without a doubt not talking about any significant numbers such as would have or could have made any difference to the election results.  And there is no evidence at all to say whether all those that got citizenship before the election in fact did go and register in time to vote.  That sort of thing would have to be checked out and I welcome the media engaging in that exercise because I am absolutely certain that you cannot find any large numbers of persons having obtained citizenship fraudulently or improperly thereafter voting in the election in such droves as anybody could claim affected the elections.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, Madam Former Director Ruth Meighan has conceded in the senate inquiries that there was nationality fraud and that it transferred over to voter fraud and the Auditor General notes that she wants to look specifically at two thousand, one hundred and ten…”

 

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“There was not the biometric system in place.  Nobody is saying that there were two thousand passports that were issued fraudulently.  You, I think the media ran off with that kind of characterization from the time the question about the lack of biometrics came up.  We had a press conference at the Biltmore where the new director and the experts showed you that you cannot equate the lack of biometrics with fraud.  That is the way it use to be from time in memorial before we had biometrics.  So please let us dispel that notion.  There is nothing at all that can support any claim that two thousand and odd persons were wrongly given nationality.”

 

Reporter

“Sir that is what the Auditor General said in her report.  She wants the government and she wants herself to look at those two thousand and make sure.”

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“But we’ve already told you.  We’ve already told you, you cannot and it doesn’t make any sense at all to say that the lack of the biometric screening meant QED that the passports so given were fraudulent.  That’s nonsense and you can’t prove a negative, so I’m very sorry.  But please, it is as I said earlier, let the senate inquiry, let any other official. I am happy to commission that sort of an exercise, make the kind of investigation into how many people were actually given irregularly or illegally or improperly nationality certificates who then registered and voted, find that out and then we can start talking again because I am telling you, you will discover that you are not talking about any significant numbers.”

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1 Response for “Nationality Rush in 2012 Made No Difference in Election Result, Claims P.M.”

  1. MNHG says:

    COVER UP YOU !!!
    WHO WOULD EVER BELIEVE YOUR WORDS?
    SELLING YOUR COUNTRY TO FOREIGNERS, TAKING AWAY THE LAND AND JOBS FROM WE BELIZE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY WHAT WE CALL BELIZE !!!
    YOUR CHILDREN AND CHILDREN`S CHILDREN WILL REMEMBER AND SUFFER UNDER FOREIGNER`S RULE .
    AS A MINISTER YOU SHOULD TELL YOUR OFFICERS TO STOP TAKING BRIBES FOR WORK PERMITS AND DRIVER`S LICENSE, WELDERS, BUILDERS ETC ETC .

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