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Apr 15, 2019

Josephine Tamai Refutes Claims of Political Victimization

Josephine Tamai

In the letter, Bradley, on behalf of Jerrylyn Bruce accuses Tamai of political victimization and demands that it cease immediately. Bruce who has been transferred to the central office and given new responsibilities is also demanding that she be reassigned to her post in the field so that she is able to do her job. Today, our cameras captured Bruce sitting around a desk in the lobby outside the Elections and Boundaries office inside the Charles Bartlett Hyde building.  Tamai, who categorically rejected the allegations, pointing out that this is not the first time that Bruce has had to go before the Commission to answer to charges.

 

Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer

“I want to firstly deny the allegations that are being made against myself as the Chief Elections Officer. Why I believe I need to do this is because this is something that has come to the public and I do not want for persons to believe that I am giving any directives to any officer to do anything that is illegal. I will say a bit further that when the matter is concluded I am sure you all will be following up on the matter and you will see the evidence presented contrary to what is presently being said. This is not the first time that this officer is going before the Commission. It’s something that keeps going on and going. We have to respect the decision of any of the commission. The last time she was sanctioned to a certain extent. I don’t want to get into all that because she is still one of our officers and still a public officer so she has that right but it is not the first time. Whenever we work with people sometimes you will find persons who are difficult with that but as the Chief Elections Officer I have a responsibility to the people of Belize. I have to ensure that persons are not disenfranchised. I cannot sit back and have officers choose as they do so. So when we have those who want to make seem what it is really not it is really unfortunate. It is something that causes the whole integrity of the department into question. This has nothing to do with politics. To be honest with you I don’t even know the person and I don’t have to know the person.”


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