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Jun 15, 2011

Francis Fonseca and Lisa Shoman give their view of offshore referendum

Prime Minister Dean Barrow during his quarterly press conference last week openly stated that he would be dissuading supporters of the ruling United Democratic Party from participating in a referendum to ban offshore oil exploration.  Barrow’s position came after Oceana in Belize garnered the seventeen thousand votes necessary to trigger the referendum.  Oceana’s Vice President Audrey Matura described Barrow’s stance as both disingenuous and undemocratic.  Today opposition members Francis Fonseca and Lisa Shoman shared their points of view on the issue of the referendum.

Francis Fonseca, Deputy Party Leader, P.U.P.

“The leader of the country has said publicly that he is saying to his supporters not to participate in the referendum.  You know, that is the heart of our democracy having people participate in the democratic process and the leader of our country the prime minister is saying “I am saying to my U.D.P. supporters not to participate in the referendum.”  I think if the party, if they have a position as a party they should be prepared to say that and take a position.  You’re asking me what my position is, what is the position of the United Democratic Party.  They don’t want to take a position so they are saying to their members don’t go out and vote and I find that to be disgraceful that the leader of our country is discouraging people from participating in the democratic process.”

Lisa Shoman

Lisa Shoman, Senator

“Don’t forget you know it is this same Dean Barrow who, at the end of his first hundred day epiphany, came out with the bright idea of amending the Referendum Act and taking away your right to have a referendum on anything concerning your fundamental rights and freedoms and placed on the citizens the burden of having to go out there and look for seventeen thousand or more votes to hold a referendum on anything.  Belizeans should always have had the right to referendum.  That is a part of our democratic process.”

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1 Response for “Francis Fonseca and Lisa Shoman give their view of offshore referendum”

  1. Elgin Martinez says:

    “No tyrants here linger,despots must flee”I am of the opinion that Mr Barrow fits the discription of a tyrant as a result he must flee.He is doing everything opposite to what is stated in our National Anthem.

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