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Apr 5, 2018

Sedi Says Nothing Wrong with Voters’ List or Guats Turned Belizeans Voting in Referendum

Wilfred Elrington

In July, more than one hundred and ninety-thousand registered voters will take part in an exercise first established in 1997. It has been postponed twice due to both financial issues and, according to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, tackling the thousands who got illegal nationality through the schemes in the Immigration Department prior to 2013.  Immigration Minister Senator Godwin Hulse, during his appearance in the Senate Special Select Committee last November, said in response to questioning that only those who have properly renounced Guatemala should vote in the referendum, and he would support amendments to the law to prohibit those who have not from voting. But Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington is not as concerned. He notes that now the Opposition People’s United Party has a foothold in the municipal councils including here in Belize City, there is no noise about a supposedly corrupted voters’ list, which has only expanded since 1997. Re-registration, he told us, is simply the legal obligation of the Government and not expected to have any impact on a future referendum vote.

 

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“This re-registration exercise is one that is being done because our law calls for it; we have to do it. It’s overdue, really. But it is not being done in my view because there is a perception that there are people of Guatemalan origin who have now gotten [Belizean] nationality in some improper way, and they will in fact be influencing the elections negatively, one way or the other. To my mind that is all propaganda, unfortunately, but that is the reality of it. So it is not my view, really, that it’s going to make a difference. The people who are going to be eligible to get re-registered are going to be properly scrutinized by the authorities; both the U.D.P. and the P.U.P. and any other P will have a chance to see who is being registered, to object to them; the Elections and Boundaries Commission are going to do their duty and we are going to get a voters’ list that is going to be representative of, in fact, the laws of our country.  Historically, we have had wins and losses; sometimes the U.D.P. wins, sometimes the P.U.P. wins. But any party who loses seeks to find fault in areas other than within their own domain and so the last scapegoat had been the voters’ list; but I really didn’t think there was anything wrong with the voters’ list. Strangely enough, I haven’t heard any complaints from the P.U.P. about the voters’ list this time. Where they have a stronghold in Orange Walk they won; where they gained strength in Corozal, they won. In Belize City they seemed to have gathered [strength], or Belizeans didn’t want to come out who supported the Government, but it is not an indictment of the voters’ list.”

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1 Response for “Sedi Says Nothing Wrong with Voters’ List or Guats Turned Belizeans Voting in Referendum”

  1. Marwaione says:

    Lol, here we go again with Sedi, he can’t even negotiate Belize/Guatemalan claim and talking nonsense about voter registration. I’m telling you Belizeans, it will be a Sad Day when this Rats give away all of Belize.

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