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Aug 4, 2020

Opposition Leader Corrects Prime Minister

The Supreme Court last month ruled in favour of Lord Michael Ashcroft to provide expert input in the case of redistricting.  He is an interested party in the case by the Belize Peace Movement, which is asking the court to order the Elections and Boundaries Department to carry out a redistricting exercise so that constituencies can be more equitable. When asked about it, Prime Minister Dean Barrow pointed out that Ashcroft’s lawyer is Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck, who happens to be a P.U.P. supporter.  PM Barrow also said that the P.U.P. wants the elections postponed.  During the adjournment on Monday, Opposition Leader John Briceño corrected the Prime Minister. 


John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“Madam Speaker, let me make the following points very clear, abundantly clear, so there is no mistake in any man’s mind. One, the People’s United Party is not in favour of any postponement of the elections. In fact, we have calling to hold the elections from last year. Marshalleck is not the P.U.P.’s lawyer. So don’t use this lawsuit as an excuse to postpone the elections just because your party is breaking up, because you got a lot of internal problems. We did not cause the leadership crisis within the U.D.P.; that is why we are saying that you need to call the elections now. Make no mistake about that. Secondly, the P.U.P. is not a part of that lawsuit or any lawsuit that is about any redistricting at this time and while Mister Andrew Marshalleck is a P.U.P. supporter, he is not representing the P.U.P. in this lawsuit. And, lastly Madam Speaker, our position is that within the first year, the new P.U.P. administration will have a redistricting exercise and we will ensure that it is done fairly and will full consultations and transparency.  Madam Speaker, let me put it once again clearly and simply; Mister Prime Minister call elections now.”


Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I made clear that we on this side are not going to postpone any elections. So you don’t have to worry about that.  As to the point that Mister Marshalleck does not represent the P.U.P. in these proceedings; he represents Lord Ashcroft. That is not the same as representing the P.U.P.?”


John Briceño

“So when your law firm Mister Ashcroft, it means it represents the U.D.P.? That is the same difference, sir.”

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