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Apr 9, 2019

More Monies to be Sourced for I.C.J. Referendum Campaign

Following the decision of the Court of Appeal on Monday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the nation that he has no doubt that the I.C.J. referendum will be held no later than six to eight weeks from the originally scheduled date. That matter goes to the House on Friday. During that period, the government will continue its ‘I.C.J. Be Informed Campaign.  In February, government said that two million dollars had been spent for the campaign and another half a million would be budgeted through to April tenth. With the campaign now being extended, there is obvious need for additional funds.  According to Barrow, the government will be seeking further funds through supplementary allocations.

 

Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“In terms of the education campaign we will have to find some kind of supplementary allocation. This matter is far too important, it’s far too fundamental for us simply to be satisfied with saying that the money wasn’t program, and it isn’t there. It has to be found by way, as I said, some kind of supplementary allocation. In terms of the Party’s funds, that’s a little trickier but our party’s campaign for the YES vote with respect to what our people are doing on the ground is not necessarily as expensive as you think. In the end, same position as with the government. Whatever additional funds need to be found by the party will be found. We are absolutely resolute in our knowledge that we must dig as deep as we have to in terms of employing every fiber of our being, in terms of going into our pockets to ensure that we reach as many people as we possibly can in our effort to convince them that a YES vote is a vote for Belize. I continue to say to people all we want is for a chance that they be able to vote in consonance with our obligations under the Special agreement and in order to comport with our obligations under international law and as a member of the international community generally. Of course I want a yes vote. Of course my party wants a yes vote because we think that is what is in the national interest of Belize. But we do not fulminate against anybody who is a NO. We do not consider those who are NOs to be any less patriots that the rest of us are. At the end of the day, for God’s sake, just let us have the vote and respect whatever the result of that vote is.”

 

PM Barrow did not indicate how much more additional monies will be sought.


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