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Jan 8, 2019

Elections and Boundaries Prepares for I.C.J. Referendum

Josephine Tamai

The Elections and Boundaries Department says they are getting ready for the April tenth referendum. Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai says that the registration cut-off date for persons who want to vote in the I.C.J. Referendum is March tenth. Tamai says that they are buying the equipment needed and are also ironing out the logistics on the ground. She says the department hopes to have more polls open than on an election day to ensure that as many Belizeans have access to vote on this national issue.

 

Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer

“Despite the fact that we are still wrapping up the re-registration and now into the continuous registration, plans have already started when it comes to the referendum. It is something you have to plan well in advance. We have items we need to procure from abroad because of security purposes and all those things. Again, that is one of the reasons of procuring supplies for the ID cards because you have to get certain clearance to get some of the things in because we are getting them in bulk.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“In terms of the referendum, what difference would there be in terms of a normal election?”

 

Josephine Tamai

“Well, for the referendum, what it is we want to do is that we want to have more polling stations opened in order for us to reach out to the electors. Because in a normal election, you will know that in terms of mobilization you have the political parties involved and they will mobilize the voters to get to the polling stations. Because in this case it is a national issue, at this point I cannot say if political parties will want to assist with mobilization. Some may view it as a positive; others will see it as a negative. But our role is to reach as close as possible to the elector to give them  an opportunity to come out and cast their votes.”

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