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May 7, 2019

No Voter’s Identification Card needed for Referendum Day

The Elections and Boundaries Department sent out two advisories this evening in respect of the voting on Wednesday. It clarifies that electors wishing to cast their ballots in respect of the Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum can do so with or without their voter’s identification card.  So there you have it, once you re-registered and your name is on the voters list you will be able to vote. In another release the department states that employers are required to grant employees “reasonable time off for voting.” The law states that every employer shall, on polling day, allow every voter in his employ a reasonable time during the prescribed period for voting, and no employer shall make any deduction from the pay or other remuneration of any such voter or impose upon or exact from him any penalty by reason of his absence during such period. The department also reminds the employers that there is a penalty if they directly or indirectly refuse to grant time. The fine is up to two thousand dollars or imprisonment for up to one year.

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