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Oct 7, 2020

Will Quarantine Persons be Able to Vote?

Patrick Faber

November eleventh, by predictions, is expected to have a low voter turnout due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Traditionally, general elections have drawn voters from all over, even those living in the diaspora, but with the virus still ravaging the country it is expected that many will remain at home on that day.  So how does the United Democratic Party plan to mobilize its supporters amid the pandemic and what will the Elections and Boundaries Department do about persons in quarantine who are eligible to vote?  Here’s how Faber responded to those questions.

 

Patrick Faber, U.D.P. Leader Elect

“It’s going to be difficult, I am pretty sure and I suspect that there will be a lower turnout as a result of COVID.  Naturally there are people who, well first of all, there are, if what the numbers are now is any indicator, we would have anywhere from five to eight hundred people who are of voting age who would not be allowed to vote.  So that immediately cuts numbers.”

 

Reporter

“Yeah, but how do you handle that?  Is it your feeling that these people should be denied the right to vote because they’re COVID infected or…  In Jamaica, for example, they allowed them to vote after polling was closed.”

 

Patrick Faber

“It’s a difficult situation and one that we are grappling with to try to come up with some kind of decision, but to endanger so many more, especially if you’re considering that last hour as they did in Jamaica, that for us in Belize is crunch time.  You know a lot of our voters, they come in last-minute, in fact, as it is, the numbers and given how it has to be executed with social distancing, we might find that the number of hours in the day is not enough and that we might well find a good number of people at that six o’clock hour still lined up maybe inside the gates of the polling station waiting to vote.”


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