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Nov 14, 2018

P.U.P. Supports Kareem Musa’s Member Bill

Aside from being an attorney, Kareem Musa is also an elected politician who represents the Caribbean Shores constituency for the People’s United Party. Musa has drafted a piece of legislation which, if passed in parliament, will allow Belizeans living outside of the country to register and vote in the upcoming I.C.J. referendum. Due to the mass re-registration exercise, those living abroad were not able to return to Belize and satisfy the two months residency requirement. Some interpret this as the disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of diasporans from re-registering. Musa has decided to use Standing Order eighty-three of the House of Representatives to table to amend the Representation of the People Act to temporarily suspend the two-month requirement. In speaking with the media today, Musa says that he enjoys the full support of all P.U.P. members in the House.

 

Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa, Area Representative, Caribbean Shores

“I actually had a meeting with the Party Leader this morning concerning the proposed Member’s Bill and I am happy to announce that the party and the Party Leader are fully behind me on this. The amendment is currently in the stage of consultation. We have been getting a lot of feedback and input not only from members of my party but also members of the Diaspora, Belizeans Living Abroad. If you would recall the initial draft of the bill provided for those Belizeans to be able to register but it would mean that they would have had to travel to Belize in order to register. Now the number concern that has been raise is that it is not practical. What we are currently on and I hope to have that amendment by today is to include a provision in the proposed draft amendment to allow members of the Diaspora to be able to register and to vote in the referendum abroad. So that would take place at the relevant embassies and consuls in the respective states and other parts of the world. So we are currently working on that.”

 

A sitting of the House of Representative has been scheduled for Friday, November twenty-third.

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