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Jul 4, 2016

B.P.P. Disses Government for Proposed Referendum Amendment

The Belize Progressive Party has issued a stern release condemning the Barrow Administration for announcing its plan to amend the existing Referendum Act.  A revision of that piece of legislation is widely viewed as sort of a quid pro quo should Guatemala ease tensions in the Sarstoon.  B.P.P. contends that prior to any referendum on the Belize/Guatemala matter, the Representation of the People’s Act must be amended to prohibit naturalized Guatemalans from voting since the constitution clearly outlines the illegality of their citizenship.  This is a result of Guatemala’s claim over Belize.  This morning, Party Leader Patrick Rogers spoke on the proposed lowering of the existing threshold based on the Referendum Act.


Patrick Rogers

Patrick Rogers, Leader, Belize Progressive Party

“By lowering it to fifty percent it ensures a greater chance of it attaining the outcome that they are seeking.  Now Guatemala wants to go to the ICJ regardless of what our foreign minister and the prime minister are saying.  They want this thing at the ICJ so bad they rushed and ratified their special agreement which ours haven’t been ratified as yet, but they already did because they know they have a good deal.  Now they want Belize to come with a yes to the ICJ and so they want to increase that chance of getting that yes by having a fifty percent threshold in our Referendum Act.  To see the prime minister play a game with it because what he is doing is that he is offering amending our laws based on Guatemala’s dictate as a carrot, to say that if we can normalize things in the Sarstoon area then I would consider changing our amendments for our referendum act to fifty percent.  So he’s saying, you give me something and I will give you this.  But I am saying again, it’s approaching it the wrong way.  We don’t need to give that up to get back control of our Sarstoon.  There should be another mechanism in place as to how do we get back control of our Sarstoon River and island without having to appease the Guatemalans by changing our referendum laws.”


The B.P.P. release goes on to say, “This is yet another example of the blatant disregard for the rule of law, which the executive branch harbors and subsequently remains hell-bent on doing as it pleases, irrespective of the negative effects on the nation.”

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3 Responses for “B.P.P. Disses Government for Proposed Referendum Amendment”

  1. Robert says:

    The Icj is the only way to solve this – quit being chickens and afraid – be brave

  2. Mrs. P says:

    I suggest everyone reads article 2 of the compromis and read the Belize Constitution to know that our boundaries have already been defined. Article 2 of the compromis is asking the ICJ to define our boundaries. Are you kidding me? The ICJ is the only way? Sorry — going to the ICJ will NOT take away hunger and poverty from Guatemala so yes they will continue to come into Sarstoon and Chiquibul before and after and forever.

    Educate yourself about the issue.

  3. Marco says:

    Robert, you will be selling Guatemalan chicken when Belize is split into two. Don’t you know your country Belize is independent? No, you are a traitor.

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