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Jan 26, 2012

Opposition against decreased period to investigate new voters

A statutory instrument was passed on January seventh. SI, number seventeen of 2012 extended the period for registration from January tenth to January twentieth. The period for verification of new registrations, however, was not extended so the effect of the SI is that the verification period has been but in half. With the mass wave of naturalizations recently, provisional list of voters has grown by no less than five thousand. The opposition feels it is being handicapped since it now has only five days to investigate and to challenge the new registrations at the revising court on February third. Attorney for the People’s United Party, Anthony Sylvestre and Secretary General Myrtle Palacio had this to say about the SI.

Myrtle Palacio, Secretary General, People’s United Party

Myrtle Palacio

“What happened in section seventeen of 2012, which just came into being this January in time for this registration period, in the face of an election, we had a little reform whereby the process was changed or shortened whereby we had between the fifteenth and the twenty-fifth, a new registrant—the lists are posted on the fifteenth of the month so that any elector—and in our case here it’s mostly the politicians—can take a look at those lists and have ten days between the fifteenth and the twenty-fifth and have ten days with which to plan to object if they want to or that officers can investigate properly. All of a sudden, this process has been changed; it is now the twenty-fifth to the thirtieth, five days. You cut it by fifty percent, why the reform now?”

Anthony Sylvestre

Anthony Sylvestre, Legal Advisor, People’s United Party

“There’s something sinister about it especially when you the backdrop where you have this mass nationalization and these same persons who are now Belizeans are now being registered. And so you have now an even higher number of applicants to be registered voters than for instance maybe in October of last year when you would have had ten days to investigate this number of applicants. For instance, let me give an example; in Corozal Bay you have two hundred and twenty-seven persons who have applied to be on the voters list; Corozal Southwest two hundred and twenty-eight, Corozal North two hundred and thirty-eight, Corozal Southeast four hundred and ninety-six, Orange Walk Central three hundred and forty-three. So whereas in the past the persons in those divisions would have been able to have ten days to go out and look in the various villages and the various houses to see that in fact does Marleni Cuellar live here? Does William Neal live here? Now they only have five days to find out whether in fact these four hundred and ninety-six people in Corozal Southeast—which is a very large area, they have many different villages—they actually live in the villages. So even if you didn’t want to think so, you have to come to a conclusion that there’s something sinister in this and it seems to all have been planned because that was passed on January seventh and so you see gradually over since that period there has been an influx, there has been an increase in registration of persons both to become Belizean citizens and then later on to become voters. So you have to ask the question, why would they shorten the period?”

Marleni Cuellar

“And there was also an extension for registration of voters.”

Anthony Sylvestre

“And there was an extension for registration of voters.”

Myrtle Palacio

“And the massive amounts of registrants this last period, it’s physically impossible to vet every one of those and especially as you know with our streets in the villages, even in Belize. What is Raccoon Street Extension? What is behind the cemetery? That’s an address; you know you’ll have to look for twenty, thirty houses. So the culture in terms of how we live, how the addresses are adds more to it.”

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3 Responses for “Opposition against decreased period to investigate new voters”

  1. Storm says:

    Apparently PM Barrow wants to perpetrate massive fraud and eliminate the period to guard and protest against it.

    I can’t vote for a party that tramples on the law to manipulate our freedom.


  2. belize first says:

    dean barrow is tampering with the law he feels like he is GOD,but his days are counted Belizeans cannot tolarate this dictator style govt’.NO MOREEEEEEE.

  3. Occupy Belize says:

    Lets start the movement . Corruption in Belize | Belize’s Constitution being violated.

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