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Feb 1, 2018

How Belizean Mexicans Can Vote in July Elections

Carlos Quesnel Melendez

There is an important notice tonight for our viewers of Mexican heritage. In five months voters will go to the polls there to elect a President and members of the Chamber of Deputies and Senators. Because Mexico’s constitution sets a single six-year, non-renewable term for the presidency, incumbent Enrique Peña Nieto cannot run for re-election. While candidates have not been formally nominated as yet, there are several early announcements of candidacy, including former Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade, who has visited Belize, and left-wing frontrunner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who has been defeated twice before. For the first time, the more than half a million Mexicans living abroad are eligible to vote for the presidency and senators, and Mexico’s Ambassador to Belize Carlos Quesnel Melendez explained that those who wished to vote need to sign up with the consular section of the Belize Embassy in Belize City by the end of March.

 

Carlos Quesnel Melendez, Mexico Ambassador to Belize

“We have been working for many years to make [it] possible for Mexicans living abroad to vote. I mentioned that we are expecting about five hundred thousand – mostly living in the U.S. – Mexican nationals voting in this electoral process. Mexicans abroad can vote for President and Senators this time. And also Mexican nationals in Belize certainly are entitled to vote. And it is important to mention and pass it on to the Mexican nationals living here, the Mexican community, that the deadline for releasing the nominal list to be able to vote is March thirty-first. So for the Mexicans who live in Belize, please come to the consular section, to our official Marbella Michel who can give you more information. But it is a right, and in some ways a civic obligation for Mexicans to vote and to decide who will be our next President and our next Senators.”

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