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Aug 25, 2023

What’s the Deal with Shyne Barrow’s Registered Address?

The registered address for Opposition Leader Shyne Barrow is being called to question by individuals who appear to be associated with the People’s United Party.  Barrow, the Area Representative for Mesopotamia, is registered as a voter at 80 King Street here in Belize City.  But as it turns out, eleven individuals were also registered to the very same address between 2018 and 2020.  The question of whether Barrow was engaged in election fraud was subsequently raised.  This afternoon, we spoke with attorney “OJ” Elrington who represents the Leader of the Opposition.  He spoke on the matter, in respect of the existing laws pertaining to the Representation of the People’s Act.  But first, he chalks it all up to political mischief.

 

Orson “OJ” Elrington

Orson “OJ” Elrington, Attorney-at-law

“I would first want to know who or what was the source of the information.  I would assume that it is from a PUP operative.  And so, clearly, the People‘s United Party is currently reeking from scandals, from rampant corruption, from skyrocketing costs of living under which the Belizean people are suffering.  Crime is spiraling out of control and they have been a monumental failure and so they will reach at any straw, a drowning man will reach at any straw to try and save themselves.  And so, for me, it is nothing more than a red herring, than an attempt to distract from the real issues facing the Belizean people right now.  That is a fact.  But so far as you have been involved in the media for some time now, and so I think that you would know, maybe better than most Belizeans, that the law pertaining to the registration of persons, Section 5 of the [Representation of the] People’s Act sets out clear grounds on which a person can be registered in Belize.  Obviously, you need to be more than eighteen years old.  You need to be a Belizean or a member of the Commonwealth, a resident or a citizen of the Commonwealth and as well, you have to be ordinarily resident at that location you seek to register at least two months before the date in which you seek to register.”


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