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Dec 2, 2019

Will There be Re-districting Prior to 2020 General Elections?

Arthur Saldivar

With general elections a little less than a year away, the challenge, should the claimants be successful, can prompt a countrywide realignment of all constituencies ahead of that exercise.

 

Arthur Saldivar, Attorney, Belize Peace Movement

“It’s not a matter of an outcome favourable to them, it’s an outcome favourable to Belize, the country as a whole and it would be premature of me to speak to that issue at this time as we are in the infant stage of these proceedings.  So it would be presumptuous to look at the conclusion before even going through the initial aspect of things.”

 

Reporter

“But the expectation is for there to be a redistricting exercise.”

 

Arthur Saldivar

“The expectation is for us to have a hearing and to have that hearing be ventilated fully so that our position can be made known to the court and to have the court then make a decision.”

 

Reporter

“So this matter was case management only?”

 

Arthur Saldivar

“It was not necessarily case management, there was just a matter of some housekeeping that needed to be done and we are with that now, that process being done at this time and next week we come back and address the issue that the court has asked us to address and thereafter case management may be engendered.”

 

Reporter

“Now sir, explain to us where we are in this particular claim.  This is an application to bring the judicial review proceeding, right?”

 

Arthur Saldivar

“Yes, it is.  Again, what we are seeking to do in a nutshell is to give voice and effect to what the constitution promotes, which is that the constituencies, all thirty-one, be as equal as possible.  We cannot have some constituencies at the low spectrum with a thousand or less and those at the high end with seven thousand or more.  We can all see the disparity in that, especially when it relates to the influence that every seat in parliament should have.”


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