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Oct 5, 2020

A 2020 Nomination Day with no Fanfare

Josephine Tamai

Nomination Day is set for October twenty-first and the official signing-up of candidates for all thirty-one constituencies this year will be devoid of the fanfare that has traditionally accompanied both mass party events.  As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the massive seas of supporters parading down Mahogany Street in Belize City will be a thing of the past.  Instead designated stations set up by the Elections and Boundaries Department will be established across the country where only politicians and the six supporters necessary to endorse their candidacy will be allowed to enter.  This morning, Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai outlined the plan of action for Nomination Day.

 

Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer

“Normally we would use the Charles Bartlett Hyde Building to do nominations, but this time around because we want to spread out, we’re going to have a different location for each of the constituencies.  So it’s not  to say that all ten constituencies for Belize City will be at the Charles Bartlett Hyde Building.  Those stations will be announced very shortly, as soon as we have an election date.  So you know when somebody wants to get nominated it requires that six persons nominate that individual along with the persons who wants to be the candidate.  So those are the only persons who will allowed to enter those nomination centers.  The police will be there to ensure that the COVID-19 protocols are in place.  We know that persons normally would have a parade and all the fanfare when persons are being nominated, but again, whatever laws are in place in regards to the COVID-19 in terms of gathering, that would be that laws that persons will be required to adhere to and the police will monitor those.  But inside of those centers, like I mentioned, we will have separate nomination centers so there should be absolutely no need for persons to be crowding inside those areas.  The persons will go in, they will get nominated and they will ascend to their nomination and as soon as that is over then they will leave.  And again, we will sanitize as soon as one political party or one candidate leaves then we’re going to continuously sanitize those centers throughout the day.”


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