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Jan 24, 2012

Would you support reduction of term of government to 4 years?

Tonight’s question is: Do you support a proposal to reduce the term of government to four years and a fixed date for general elections? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your vote on our e-poll at You can also send an email with your comments to

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9 Responses for “Would you support reduction of term of government to 4 years?”

  1. BeReal says:

    I do support a predifined term of government and election date. That way, they can plan and budget properly.

    One question though, if we have a corrupt government like we do now, how will we get rid of them if needed before the 4 year-term is up?

  2. indy says:

    Well maybe if Belize approves a 4 year term then election gifts would be given earlier and thus progress will come faster instead of waiting for 5 yrs. Just being cynical here, having a 4 year term will not solve the problem here. The ruling party has a lot of power. How can we limit the ruling party influence. the PM and its ministers are only their to create policies not to micro manage each ministry. Each ministry and district should be left alone to do each job. In other words, I think Belize should be taking the same steps are Jamaica- Federalism.

  3. Get it right says:

    How does this positively affect the country or the lives of Belizeans. This change wouldn’t mean a damn thing. Propose changes to better the country not one that won’t mean a damn thing.

  4. Storm says:

    I support a complete revision of our democracy, more on the American system with a chief executive elected by the people directly, not chosen by the majority party in the Assembly.

    Three separate branches has more “check and balance” in it than our system, and heaven knows we need a LOT more checks!!!

    And Assembly can be elected for 4 year terms but let’s elect half of them every 2 years, so if a party governs badly, they can lose some of their votes in the Assembly without having to wait for a sea-change every 4 years.

    That makes sense to me.

  5. belizeanpride says:

    i don’t feel it safe to make to 4yrs time frame since there will be chance that the party in place might not finish completing their promises with the excuse of short time frame. let them keep the 5yrs and show us what they have and full fill their promises before we vote them out if they don’t comply as promised. just a example while in place ten yrs the PUP placed signs on the orange walk south road from yo creek to san felipe for paving of the road. after 10yrs they never did nothing, the signs from johnson comp. never even scrap the road now the UDP is doing something and have started it let them finish it and if they finish we can say they did something at least for the benefit of the doubt, benefit of the south orange walk villages and the tourists that travel by road to lamanai, program for belize and chan chich lodge meaning the resorts in the south. i actually don’t believe the PUP nor the UDP wish the VIP or the other party win this election but it’s a hard thing to be true, tires of the blue and red party only abusing the belizean people.

  6. Be Real says:

    The politicians and aspiring politicians who are promoting this law are creating false hope. Say that they come to power and say that an election must be held on December 1st of the fourth year of government. How does this change the current constitutional position whereby the National Assembly must be dissolved and elections called after 5 years? It does not change anything substantive beside replacing a 5 year term with a 4 year term. That’s all.

    Whoever is in government will still have the discretion to call an early election or wait until the eleventh hour when the fixed date comes. This is the same state of affairs as the current constitutional position. One has to remember that the current government is not obliged to call elections now; like some want us to believe. They can wait until the day before the expiry of their term, but the current GoB has indicated that they will call an early election. This will be the effect of what ever 4 year term and fixed date of elections proposal will have. It is like some one buying you a bottle of coke and pouring it out before you drink it and then buying you a new coke immediately thereafter. Same rubbish different rubbish bin.

    I have not had the opportunity to check the constitution at the time of writing (and I have to concede this), but I am sure that the term of government is stated in the constitution. Therefore how will these people promoting this law get to amend the constitution if they do not get a 3/4 majority? It will be one of those false election pledges. There are more important issues in Belize. This false hope and dubious pledge is not one of them. THAT IS MY DAILY UNFETTERED AND NEUTRAL 2 CENTS.

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  8. Mr. Genious says:

    Sure! Any political party that comes with a commitment of a fix term of office and a fix date for general elections is sending a serious message of HOPE and DETERMINATION.

  9. Fresh Face says:

    Honestly the people of this nation need to stop pointing fingers at each other and unite to make governance a success. All of our children lives depend on the decisions we make, therefore we need to focus on the much more interest and betterment for them and our nation. There are both advantages and dis-advantages with having the term of governace changed. It doesn’t matter which party govern our country it’s how they do so and what we need to understand is we are the one’s to edit that effect on this nation.

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