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Mar 6, 2020

Bobby Lopez Responds to Elections & Boundaries Chairman

Bobby Lopez

When he appeared last on the media, Chairman of the Elections and Boundaries Commission, Doug Singh explained that it would be too time-consuming to conduct a redistricting exercise before the General Elections; and that it was the same people who are now trying to get the government to carry out the exercise that demanded that the re-registration be conducted first.  But today, Belize Peace Movement member, Bobby Lopez disagreed with Singh.


Bobby Lopez, Belize Peace Movement

“It’s a matter of which comes first—the horse or the cart. We felt that you needed to reregister first and then with that information, you then redistrict. How can you redistrict and then reregister when you don’t know what you have? That is totally absurd. Come on Mister Chairman. Fool di talk, but dah noh fool di listen. Really, really, you had to reregister first and then take that information and now create the boundaries of what would be nearly as equal constituencies across the country. From the last time that we did a redistricting—and it wasn’t really a complete redistricting—technology has improved that we have been informed that a redistricting in this age could take nothing more than a week.  In fact, one of the experts we spoke to—it is all technology now—he said man, you would be surprise how we could actually do it in hours once all the information is in there. And really we have almost all the information, just coming out of the re-registration, except for the corrupting of the list in the transfer months that took place—where we end up with forty people living in a restaurant—most of the information is still pretty intact.”



“You said it can be done within a week and then you said within hours. In theory it is possible, but these things are also—like the election—very expensive. You have to mobilize people; you have to have strategies in place, so the logistics of it may not be so practical. What’s your response to that?”


Bobby Lopez

“I no longer want to hear excuses for us following our constitution. If we can spend millions of dollars on roads going nowhere, man we could spend two, three million dollars on getting this right. We feel we are a democracy, then let’s practice what democracy stands for. And the first pillar of democracy is fair representation. If you don’t have that pillar in place, everything falls apart. And that’s why we are seeing the decadence and the rule of law not even respected by those who make the law. Those who swore an oath of office that they would uphold the law and the constitution are actually saying they will fight us all the way to the Appeal Court to obey the constitution. What ridiculous nonsense is that? No man. Listen, we can find two, three million dollars. Approximately it is ten dollars per voter; that gives you about two million dollars—two hundred thousand by ten dollars. Come on, we could find that and we could get this. I would probably be surprised if every Belizean wouldn’t prefer to give their ten dollars to the government and say let’s get it right.”


Lopez said the Belize People’s Movement is willing to go into the schools to educate the youth on issues such as the redistricting. They also invite students to attend the court hearings so they can learn more about the matter.

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