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Aug 22, 2017

B.T.V.’s Maheia continues call for re-registration ahead of I.C.J. vote

On the Phone: Wil Maheia

Maheia also spoke to News Five about the re-registration campaign as it relates to the referendum to attend the International Court of Justice to resolve the Guatemalan claim. The Belize Progressive Party of which the BTV’s Maheia is deputy leader, recently met the United Nations Advisory mission visiting Belize to discuss the Guatemalan referendum expected later this year. According to the B.P.P. there is an immediate need for re-registration, an inclusive education effort and technical support for civil society and others interested in dialogue. For his part, Prime Minister Dean Barrow has acknowledged that the voters’ list needs to be cleaned but maintains that because of financial constraints it cannot be done until next July. While he insists that no referendum would be held on the basis of the current list, Maheia told News Five that it is possible that legal action could force re-registration sooner.


On the Phone: Wil Maheia, Belize Territorial Volunteers

“We had this meeting referencing the referendum because there needs to be a re-registration before any discussion on re-referendum and our meeting was basically to discuss the re-registration and we have come to the conclusion that what was said and signed was basically illegal because the law clearly states that there cannot be any postponement of the re-registration unless we are within six months of an election. And at present as of today we are not six months away from an election so there is no reason or no purpose of the postponement of the re-registration.”



“How far are you prepared to go with that because it would seem from that the Prime Minster said in the house on Friday is that it is a done deal.”


On the Phone: Wil Maheia

“Well we are prepared to challenge it legally and we are consulting with our team of attorneys to do just that.”


In related news, the annual Sarstoon Eco-Challenge is set for the weekend of September sixteenth, including kayak and canoe races to Sarstoon Island and a family day based in Barranco, Toledo District.

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