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Jul 17, 2020

Estevan Perera sworn in as Chairman of Elections & Boundaries Commission

Estevan Perera

Attorney, Estevan Perera was sworn-in as the new Chairman of the Elections and Boundaries Commission this morning. In the Senate on Wednesday his appointment came under fire because some senators did not deem him to be independent; Perera replaces Doug Singh, who had impeccable U.D.P. credentials, but, resigned back in April after he was recorded after making derogatory comments on poor Belizeans. The new chairman also serves as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia in Belize. To speak about his new appointment, Perera addressed the press this afternoon.

 

Estevan Perera, Chairman, Elections & Boundaries Commission

“As the chairman, we have to ensure that the upcoming election that everyone feels safe. The immediate focus that I have is that every Belizean has a safe feeling going into the election where they feel comfortable going into the polls and casting their vote without fear of what can result of the pandemic before us; the COVDI-19 situation, I think that is important. We also have to ensure that no Belizean is disenfranchised so that all persons have the opportunity to vote and cast their vote.”

 

Reporter

“What are some of things on your mind that you think are necessary for you as Chairman to perform your function effectively?”

 

Estevan Perera

“There are some goals that I have considered for the post, some things that I believe we need to focus on. One of them is to see how far we can utilize a website for the purposes of elections and boundaries to see whether or not we can use technology to reduce the number of interactions at the actual election. So, one of the things I am actually focused on right now is checking with the various technology companies in Belize to see whether they can assist with helping us with a website or a program that could allow the Belizean public to verify where they need to attend for the elections and to see whether or not they are registered. That would help because then persons wouldn’t have to be going to the elections and boundaries office or having to meet up at a certain area during elections to find out whether they are registered or where to go and vote. So, that is one of the first things I think I am going to try and work on to ensure that I take where we are to one  more step forward.”

 

Perera says he is doing research to ensure that Belize is well planned going into elections. He is also looking at regional measures being adopted for elections this year. He wants to host a meeting by next week to be brought up to speed on all matters.

 


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