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Feb 7, 2020

Will Lord Ashcroft Be Allowed to Join as an Interested Party in Redistricting Case?

Andrew Marshalleck

Today, Lord Michael Ashcroft made good on his interest to join the legal battle along with the parties seeking for a re-districting exercise to be conducted before this year’s General Elections.  Attorney for Lord Ashcroft, Andrew Marshalleck told the media that the disparity in preliminary numbers of the registered voters in the various constituencies convinces them that the matter must be fixed.  He said that Ashcroft had an interest in joining the legal fight in late November.  The substantive case has moved just past its preliminary phase, with today being set aside for disclosure of evidence and other documents.  But those matters were halted because of the application just filed on behalf of Lord Ashcroft.  Attorney for the Belize Peace Movement, Arthur Saldivar, told reporters that his clients have reservations about Ashcroft’s motives, but Marshalleck says that his participation in this case will convince everyone that his interest is to correct something that has long needed to be fixed.

 

Andrew Marshalleck, Attorney for Lord Michael Ashcroft

“What I don’t want to do is to distract away from the claim and to talk about the personality. Where your focus and your interest really ought to be as a Belizean and a good journalist is how it is that the districting as it currently exists affects your right to vote and how does it affect others and is it fair and is it constitutional. And that’s why I will invite you to deal with the issue with the claimants instead of being preoccupied with Lord Michael Ashcroft’s ulterior motive.”

 

Reporter

“So what happens hereafter?”

 

Andrew Marshalleck

“What happens here is that we have an application to be joined and it comes on for hearing on the seventeenth February. But we would very much like this matter to be aired and aired fairly and to get a just outcome and I think that is what the focus should be and I think that’s the interest of all Belizeans. Regardless of what Lord Ashcroft’s ulterior motives—whatever you might surmise them to be—if at the end of the day the result is to bring about fair districting and evening the playing feel, then I think it’s something to be grateful for.”

 

As you heard, a hearing will be held to consider whether Lord Ashcroft’s application to join as an interested parties in the ongoing redistricting case, will be allowed or not. 


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