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Aug 3, 1998

Police Commissioner says elections will be peaceful

Today, the police gathered in force at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall in Belize City. The meeting is part of a national tour being conducted by senior officers under the leadership of Commissioner of Police Ornel Brooks. According to Brooks, the purpose is to sensitize the police officers to the conduct of the electoral process, working in partnership with the political parties. According to Brooks, all will be peaceful on August twenty seventh.

Ornel Brooks, Commissioner of Police

“We are not seeing that. I have been through a number of elections in my career – in all stages – and I think this campaign has been going on quite, conducted in quite a mature manner. They are saying this all over the country. There are some areas where there is more need for greater concern than others but on a whole this is a very well conducted election by all parties.

We have also met with the leadership of the United Democratic Party and had met with People’s United Party. We have met with the leadership of NABR and we have tried to meet with the leadership of the P.D.P. but because of their schedule which is somewhat staggering we have not been able to meet with them. We have also met with the candidates who are actually contesting the election from all sides – the independent candidates, the U.D.P. the P.U.P. of all the districts we’ve visited. And the message is quite clear that they want a peaceful election.”

Q: “What kind of security measures will you put in place?”

Ornel Brooks

“Routine election security measures. We don’t see the need for any over policing of the electoral process as such. We will not try to bring out to try and change the perception as such that there is violence or violence in the making. That is not so. There is no intelligence to indicate that. There have been what we refer to as “hotheads” who have tried to smear graffiti or to tear down other side’s posters but I think maturity has prevailed at the level of the candidates and the parties. And so they have promised to talk to these “hotheads” as so not to bring out any extra patrol as such as long as the situation remain as is.”

The national police tour continues on Wednesday. On that day, Commissioner Brooks and his team of officers will be meeting with the leaders and candidates of both political parties in Orange Walk Town.

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