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Jul 6, 2018

A New Elections and Boundaries Commission is Named

One of the matters on the agenda of the special senate meeting was the appointment of four commissioners to the Elections and Boundaries Commission, chaired by Doug Singh. It comes over two months late and days after the start of the re-registration process. The new commissioners are Phillipa Griffith Bailey, Naima Barrow, Orlando Espat and Magali Marin.  In the upper house on Thursday, Senator Godwin Hulse, Leader of Government Business, introduced a motion for the appointment of the four individuals, two of whom are selected by Prime Minister Barrow and the other two by Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño.

 

Godwin Hulse

Godwin Hulse, Leader of Govt. Business

“Appointment of members of the Elections and Boundaries Commission Motion 2018.  Mr. President, I move that whereas Section 88, Subsection 1 of the Belize Constitutions provides that there shall be an Elections and Boundaries Commission which shall consist of a chairman and four other members who shall be persons of integrity and high national standing and whereas Subsection 2 of the said Section 88 further provides that the chairman and two other members of the Elections and Boundaries Commission shall be appointed by the Governor General acting in accordance with the advice of the prime minister given after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition.  The remaining two members shall be appointed by the Governor General, acing in accordance with the advice of the prime minister, given with the concurrence of the Leader of the Opposition.  And whereas, in accordance with the above cited provisions of the Belize Constitution the Governor General intends to appoint the following persons as members of the Elections and Boundaries Commission for a period of five years, with effect from May 1st, 2018.  Mrs. Phillipa Griffith Bailey, as a member; Ms. Naima Barrow, as a member; Mr. Orlando Espat, as a member nominated by the Leader of the Opposition; and Ms. Magali Marin as a member nominated by the Leader of the Opposition.”

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