Marcel freed of section fifty-nine to oppose government
Cardona explained that the dissolution of the National Assembly last Friday has freed him from the restrictions of Section Fifty-Nine of the Belize Constitution which effectively prevented him from voting against government in the House of Representatives.
“Since the Prime Minister announced the holding of early General Elections simultaneously with the holding of the Municipal Elections on Wednesday March seven, 2012, and the dissolution of the National Assembly on Friday of last week, I have now become liberated from the effect of Section 59(2)(e) of the Belize Constitution.
For the benefit of those who might not be acquainted with this particular Section 59(2)(e) of the Belize Constitution, or those of you who may have forgotten about it, let me point out that this Section reads as follows:
“59(2)(e): A member of the House of Representatives shall also vacate his seat in the House (of Representatives) –
(e) if, having been a Candidate of a Political Party and elected to the House of Representatives as a Candidate of that Political Party, he resigns from that political party or crosses the floor (meaning by the overt act of officially joining another political party or by the constructive interpretation of the same, through a consistent pattern of voting in the House of Representatives against the measures, bills, resolutions or motions of the Political Party under which banner the Area Representative was originally elected).”
What this means is that even though I have been unjustly treated, victimized, abused, mistreated and even physically assaulted and brutalized by members of my own U.D.P. Party, to which I belonged to when I was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives, I was nevertheless restrained or prevented from publicly saying or expressing that I was parting ways or divorcing myself from the U.D.P. Party, and perhaps teaming up with or joining another political party, since this would have invoked the restrictions or impediments under Section 59(2)(e).”