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Jan 16, 2012

Mass registration in Ladyville

Another round of mass naturalization is scheduled to take place this week in Belmopan to beat the February twentieth deadline for registration of new voters. There have been two recent swear-in ceremonies; the last was on Friday, when more than five hundred took the oath in Belmopan as full-fledged Belizeans.  The granting of citizenship so close to an election has raised a firestorm from the public; the government which condemned a similar exercise when it was in opposition, now finds nothing unusual or unlawful and according to the Prime Minister, the practice is as ancient as the hills. But charges persist that due diligence is not being followed because many of the immigrants are not going through the full battery of tests and paperwork that are required. Additionally, the process is so expeditious that in many cases citizenship is granted in a matter of days. Last week, we captured the line-up at a private house in Ladyville where an immigration officer was facilitating the registration. It became far more blatant over the weekend. Hand over fist the area representative, Michael Hutchinson, facilitated the processing of a large number of persons, including families and children.  Huge crowds turned up on Saturday and Sunday braving the rain at his office adjacent to the Esso Gas station. According to one report, among the crowds were persons who were bused in from various constituencies other than Belize Rural Central. The event continued late into Sunday night. Many of these persons have been promised citizenship within this week to be able to register for the upcoming elections.

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9 Responses for “Mass registration in Ladyville”

  1. David says:

    If this is illegal, this is just disgusting.

  2. Storm says:

    Here’s a good idea to stop this corrupt practice — impose a one-year delay AFTER naturalization before registering to vote.

    This is ridiculous, and will cause PERMANENT DAMAGE to the Jewel and its future.

    Throw the rascals out!

  3. Earl Grey says:

    AT LEAST WE NOW HAVE A LARGER TAX BASE….that’s the best I can say about this.

  4. blackberry says:

    Ya Earl shortly they will be lining up to attend our Poly Clinics and overcrowding our schools, accessing our tax dalla by getting our Social Security benefits thereby putting a strain on our infectors. They have found ways to take advantage of the poor inforcement of uur laws.

  5. Babs says:

    this da lone !@$$!!! Shameful….these people are a burden, and most noh contribute nada inna any constructive way to the country….Two parties do this and we just sit back and tek this foolishness!!!

  6. CEO says:

    I am no supporter of any political party but there is much good that can come because of this move. We all know the main reason is to boost the voters for the next ellection and it would have been better if they did it some time ago so more due delligence could have been done but this is politics! yet much good could happen. These people will live in Belize wherter they are registered or not and we would not know their identites if they are not registered. Second: the tax base will increase and like any migrant communities all over this world, they will work to survive. Some old crimes could be solved if a few bad guys step up tpo be registered and in the future if any of them decide to commit a crime we will have their identities registered. Not that our gene pool is short of diversity but they will add more diversity which is a good thing for our country in the long run. So don’t be as closed minded as our friends up to the north of Mexico.

  7. jay says:

    Good take on the situation, Ceo.

  8. RG Belizean says:

    This is crazy!!! The economy is already at it’s worst world wide and now just so that they can have the extra vote they are giving any and everybody citinzeship. Belize don’t have any jobs to offer these people. So basically the population of belize will keep growing with no job opportunites for anyone!!! If Belize don’t have jobs to offer how will this be good for TAX!!!!

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