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Oct 16, 2019

6 More Cases of Alleged Voter Registration Fraud before the Chief Magistrate

The P.U.P.’s Standard Bearer for Belize Rural North Marconi Leal is challenging six re-registration applications, believing that those persons gave inaccurate information regarding their place of residence. Originally, Leal was challenging fifty-nine applications but later abandoned fifty-three; the U.D.P.’s Edmond Castro to defend the remaining six. In court today, Leal along with Nathaniel Alvaro testified to convince Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer why the six persons should be struck from the voters’ list. Representing Castro is attorney Orson “OJ” Elrington who told the media that both witnesses’ testimonies were inconsistent. 

 

Orson “OJ” Elrington

Orson “OJ” Elrington, Attorney for U.D.P.

“We reminded the court that our position is that there is a presumption that the Elections and Boundaries Department has done their investigation and that the person is rightfully on the voters list. The voting franchise as we would all appreciate is a critically important right of every citizen and therefore removing a person from the voters list should be treated with extreme caution to say the least. It was submission at the end that both witnesses, one admitted that they did not know everybody that lives in the constituency. They testified to that on the dock and secondly, that they were inconsistent one was inconsistent on cross examination and the other like I said is the P.U.P. standard bearer and therefore he has an interest to serve. That is our position. He is not a third party without any interest and therefore his testimony should be treated that tinged of credibility.  I think all of them all of there from the same village. I don’t know if it is the same residence but again the evidence presented by the witnesses who have to displace the presumption are based in the same thing and our position will be the very same argument and therefore I said I would hope that we will be able to deal and disposed of all of these matters on Monday since it is the very same evidence that they would present and it is the very same position that we will hold. There should be no difference in the matter.”

 

The Chief Magistrate will hand down her decision on Monday morning.


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