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Jun 16, 2016

It’s Official: Belize’s Referendum Act to be Amended

Wilfred Elrington

With all the talk on either side about resolving the territorial dispute at the International Court of Justice, government intends to amend the existing Referendum Act to lower the threshold needed to prevail in the voting exercise.  The revision, according to Elrington, has been carefully considered. While this is the first that we officially hear of the change to the Act in Belize, Elrington referred to it at the O.A.S. General Assembly.


Isani Cayetano

“In terms of the proposed amendments to the Referendum Act, what is taking place there and where do you see this going, in terms of making those amendments and then having the people vote when it’s time to decide whether or not we go to the ICJ with this issue?”


Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Well, with respect to the proposal to amend the Referendum Act, that’s something that we have been contemplating for quite some time and I think we are going to proceed with that.  It is simply to cause the referendum to be put on the same footing as the general elections and all other elections in the country.  There will be no distinction between them so that when the people go to the poles if you get fifty percent plus one, that side that gets the fifty percent plus one will in fact prevail.”

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2 Responses for “It’s Official: Belize’s Referendum Act to be Amended”

  1. Steve says:

    That was what Guatemala was planning for all along, many decades ago. You see Belizeans, while politicians were entertaining us with their political hocus pocus, Guatemala was sending its citizens to live in Belize. I recall that about 15 years ago I had the opportunity to tell some of our Belizean youth about this plan that Guatemala had. Guatemala sends its citizens to live among us and then they would attack us from within, not with guns, but with legislation. An invasion from within. This is it. An amendment to the referendum, with only 50% plus one to decide whether to go to the ICJ or not. What do you think the outcome will be, with so many Guatemalans now living among us as Belizeans, who can vote on the referendum? Guatemala is getting what is has been planning for all along, for many decades. They have us, lock, stock and barrel. What are we, real Belizeans, willing to do to stop it?? Are we also willing to deal accordingly with the traitors, who are selling us out?

  2. Belizean Pride says:

    I would totally agree with Mr. Bob Lopez to redo a list of real Belizeans from grandfathers to present and see the real ones no nationalized Belizean should participate in this referendum shit that Sedi says. We should not even go to ICJ since we have more to loose than to gain than the chapines.

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