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Feb 1, 2019

No Proof of Citizenship? Re-registration Application Denied!

And while Joseph Bennett’s cannot re-register, the application for naturalized Belizean Jason Guerrero was rejected. Guerrero is also well known in Belize in the music industry and for his founding role in BSCAP, the Belizean Society of Composers Authors Publishers.  But he was told that his voter’s re-registration application was rejected by the Elections and Boundaries Department because he cannot prove his Belizean citizenship. Guerrero says that he has been living in Belize for three decades and has contributed significantly to its development. Guerrero was born in the U.S., but he acquired Belizean citizenship by descent and tonight he is claiming that his right to vote is being stripped away.


On the Phone: Jason Guerrero, Application for Re-registration Denied

“The effect is that I cannot re-register because I cannot prove my Belizean citizenship. My position on that is that I have been voting in Belize for the past twenty eight years at least. I have been voting in Belize. I have been contributing thirty years of my professional life to this country. I was born in Brooklyn New York by the way but I have been contributing to the economy of this country. I have been an educator in all levels of education in this country. I have gone through the past re-registration process. You will recall that his is the second re-registration process in some y ears and I went through the first re-registration process. I hold two expired Belize passports and I feel that it’s unfair to be denied the right to vote after all I have mentioned. I would think that immigration would have proof of my citizenship because it is the immigration that awarded me citizenship by descent. So they have the proof and why cannot the Elections and Boundaries go over to immigration and seek the proof that they need. That is my position. I feel that I do not need to do that because it is in the system. They proof if there. What I have as proof is expired documents but my citizenship is not expired, the documents are but not my citizenship.”


The Elections and Boundaries position is that “persons can only register if they satisfy all the requirements including proof of nationality. For those that Vital Statistics cannot find, those persons need to go through the late registration process at the unit.  Once they do that to the satisfaction of V.S.U., then they will be issued a birth certificate. The re-registration exercise is a cleanup exercise. If the Elections and Boundaries Department will accept only on the basis that the person was previously registered, then the re-registration would be a waste.”

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