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Mar 8, 2012

OAS concerned about Campaign Financing

Frank Almaguer

The Electoral Observation Mission coordinated by the Organization of American States has concluded its report on the March seventh dual elections.  The team of twenty-two men and women, representing thirteen OAS member states, arrived in the country last Thursday at the request of the government to scrutinize the General and Municipal Elections.  Members were deployed across various constituencies where they closely examined the pre-electoral process, the Election Day proceedings, as well as the tabulation and processing of results.  Their observations include the strong involvement of women in the political process despite serious concerns that there were only three female candidates contesting the General Elections.  Of equal concern is the lack of regulations as they relate to campaign financing.  Undoubtedly, millions of dollars were spent by both parties to support campaign efforts.  According to Frank Almaguer, Head of OAS Mission, recommendations will be made to enact legislation in order to control monies being spent on the political machinery.

Frank Almaguer, Head of OAS Mission

“The mission notes that political financing is unregulated in Belize.  The current framework places no limits on campaign spending and does not require the disclosure of campaign contributions or expenditures.  In order to allow voters to make a more informed decision and to ensure more equity in electoral competition, the OAS will recommend. The development of campaign finance legislation that addresses the gaps that exist. Obviously we heard allegations, we also heard explanations.  We know for example and this I must say is not uncommon for political activists to make sure that their voters get out by having taxis hired or buses to make it convenient for voters to reach their polling stations.  And obviously the activists sometimes receive lunch or other support but we did receive one allegation of or observation of a transaction which was not clear and we will be interviewing this observer in greater detail and also we will be analyzing it and anything else that we have to say will appear in both the verbal report that we give to the Permanent Council as well as in the final official report but that’s all really that I can say at this point.”

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8 Responses for “OAS concerned about Campaign Financing”

  1. Bmp man says:

    I hear they catch Salva di give money – lol lol lol

    Well i guess da neva enough money cause eh still get wa good beating – lol lol lol

  2. John Boy,Carson,Ca says:

    Intimidation , and buying an election is not a free and fair election.

  3. Charlie Price says:

    THIS IS AN INTERNATIONAL PROBLEM…not just in our JEWEL BOX. GET USED TO IT.

  4. OWtoBoston says:

    @Charlie Price

    You ignorant halfwit. Crime is also an international problem; is it something we need to used to as well? Now tell me if your shortsighted logic makes sense.

    Campaign finance needs to be reigned in and controlled to establish fair game; something Belize is far from.

  5. belizeanpride says:

    buying out votes has been a UDP & PUP thing from way back so maybe this OAS never had the slit idea how our politics are run in our jewel. this is not the U.S mr. frank. things are different pup offered me money, udp also but i boycott the election since i lost trust in both parties and a few thousands of Belizeans also did.

  6. Storm says:

    Charlie Price is half right — the love of money is the root of all evil.

    But we don’t need to “get used to it.” Must we accept evil in our elections and evil results in our government? If we do, we have lost our freedom.

    I want to hear the OAS recommendations, and I think we MUST adopt some strong laws, with prison for violators. Do YOU want Cuba, or Venezuela, or a British Lord, or any other country or person BUYING our country, our PM, and our “elected” representatives?

    People in democracies need to remember that they are always only ONE ELECTION away from losing their freedom.

  7. Pelican says:

    No Storm… already done… Donors are now lined up for their RECEiPTS!!!!

  8. Impartial 2 says:

    No one should be complaining about anything in the next 5 years. You all sold your goddamn votes, so shut your mouth and tek yo lik. I want Barrow pillage as much as he can, cause unu poor moronic fools deserve the government that paid you for your votes.

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