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Oct 15, 2020

Policing Political Events during the Pandemic

As the COVID-numbers continue to climb – there are concerns about Wednesday’s nomination day and the general elections on November eleventh. Today, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that the police will be enforcing all the COVID-19 protocols and they are asking for the public’s cooperation. He says that specific measures will be outlined in the coming days for general elections 2020 and that they are willing to make accommodations for a nomination day motorcade. Here’s how he explains it.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“We would want that we get the full cooperation of everybody abiding by the quarantine regulations and let us ensure that both nomination and Election Day do not turn into a super spreader where the corona virus is concerned. We are reaching out to the political parties making them understand what it is that we expect from them on that day. We are also working on an infomercial which should be out by the end of this week in terms of what we expect of them on Election Day so as not to cause the virus to spread more among our communities.”

 

Chester Williams

Reporter

“Sir, in terms of nomination day and the motorcades that normally take place on that day – what are you advising the political parties about?”

 

Chester Williams

“My thing is that there have been some political parties who have been asking for a motorcade. I have said to my commanders that we must not treat any political party different than we treat the others. Whatever is done must be done across the board. If it is that they want to have a motorcade, I have asked Mr. Rosado to meet with the chairman of the P.U.P., the U.D.P. and the other party B.P.P. in Belize City and let them come up with a consensus whether or not they want to have a motorcade and if it is that they want to have a motorcade I will not have any objection to it providing however that the motorcade will not be no more than ten vehicles and when they get to the nomination center – the only persons to alight any vehicle will be the candidate and his nominators no other persons should be allowed to exit vehicles at the nomination center. When they are done if they want to take a drive around in the motorcade and go back to the respective office then we can work with that but we do not want anything that will attract any mass gathering anywhere. So, that is how we want it to be.”


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