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Feb 5, 2020

Redistricting – An Application is Filed on the Constitutionality of the Current Legislative Boundaries

In the local courts in Belize City today, an application was filed with the Supreme Court, which would add Lord Michael Ashcroft to the case submitted to require the Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission to undertake Redistricting of Area Representative Districts in the country.  The case is focusing on the constitutionality of the current legislative boundaries. According to the Belize Constitution, all Area Representative Districts should be of nearly equal size. Presently in Belize, there is malapportionment in the number of voters in the division with the largest area, Stann Creek West, having over five times as many voters as the smallest area, Fort George.  The current malapportionment effectively gives voters in the less populated areas, mostly in Belize City, a far greater share of the National Assembly members than those outside of the city. International norms for distribution of legislative boundaries and the constitution of Belize suggest all districts should be within ten percent of each other in terms of the number of voters. Currently, only five areas in Belize comply.


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