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Oct 19, 2020

Policing Nomination Day

Chester Williams

Earlier we heard the U.D.P. leader say that his party will not hold motorcades on Nomination Day.  On Wednesday, those seeking political office in the upcoming General Elections will be heading to the elections and boundaries offices in their respective constituencies to officially get their name on the ballot. Nomination Day is also a day for the parties to flex their political support, but in 2020 that will look very different than we’ve come to know.  Because of COVID-19, the events are being policed from start to finish.  Today, Commissioner Chester Williams told the press that while motorcades will be allowed, there are limits.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“We have discussed nomination day with all political parties and we have agreed in terms of how we are going to police nomination day. As I said to both of them, that while yes they may want to be able to show their political might and have a triumphant motorcade to nomination center, we must be mindful of what could happen subsequent to nomination day which will be a mass spread of the coronavirus. We must even be more meticulous when it comes to the northern part of the country and Belize City because those are the two areas where we are seeing an increase or several clusters of the coronavirus spreading. So, I have asked them to work with us. We will allow them to do certain things. We will allow them to have the motorcade. At the end of the day we have discussed the protocols in terms of how they are going to operate; the fact that everybody in the vehicles must wear a mask; the vehicles must only be allowed to carry passengers based on its legal capacity and when they reach nomination center, the only persons allowed to alight the vehicles will be the candidate and his or her nominators. All other persons must remain inside their vehicles and they are going to provide police with the route of their motorcade and along the motorcade they are not allowed to stop anywhere. They must drive along the route and stop where they expect the motorcade to come to an end. People will be allowed to get out of their vehicles in an orderly manner so as not to have too many persons in one area.”

 

Williams says if there is a violation of these terms, they will make arrests if they have to.


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