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Feb 8, 2012

Marcel freed of section fifty-nine to oppose government

Marcel Cardona

Cardona explained that the dissolution of the National Assembly last Friday has freed him from the restrictions of Section Fifty-Nine of the Belize Constitution which effectively prevented him from voting against government in the House of Representatives.

Marcel Cardona

“Since the Prime Minister announced the holding of early General Elections simultaneously with the holding of the Municipal Elections on Wednesday March seven, 2012, and the dissolution of the National Assembly on Friday of last week, I have now become liberated from the effect of Section 59(2)(e) of the Belize Constitution.

For the benefit of those who might not be acquainted with this particular Section 59(2)(e) of the Belize Constitution, or those of you who may have forgotten about it, let me point out that this Section reads as follows:

59(2)(e):  A member of the House of Representatives shall also vacate his seat in the House (of Representatives)

(e)  if, having been a Candidate of a Political Party and elected to the House of Representatives as a Candidate of that Political Party, he resigns from that political party or crosses the floor (meaning by the overt act of officially joining another political party  or by the constructive interpretation of the same, through a consistent pattern of voting in the House of Representatives against the measures, bills, resolutions or motions of the Political Party under which banner the Area Representative was originally elected).

What this means is that even though I have been unjustly treated, victimized, abused, mistreated and even physically assaulted and brutalized by members of my own U.D.P. Party, to which I belonged to when I was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives, I was nevertheless restrained or prevented from publicly saying or expressing that I was parting ways or divorcing myself from the U.D.P. Party, and perhaps teaming up with or joining another political party, since this would have invoked the restrictions or impediments under Section 59(2)(e).”

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8 Responses for “Marcel freed of section fifty-nine to oppose government”

  1. lino says:

    you should have joined mark and cordel in resigning and forgetting about all the crap law sections since you were worse than them-lame duck

  2. O.Walk Observer says:

    Shame on Marcel, all glitter and no substance. He has never been a true UDP or a fighter of the people; he never has the wellbeing of the masses at hearth, everything for him is self-interest and he has such a huge ego. Why he did not resign from the time he started to critisize the gov’t, because of self-interest. Did not wanted to loose personal benefits; just another clown who would make no positive difference with his alliance or support to Mr. Mendez and if anything might even have a negative effect since Cardona is not liked by a lot of people. Why do you think he was bitten so badly on the UDP convention to choose a standard bearer????

  3. Latina Mom says:

    “Loose”? “Bitten”? Really??? O.Walk Observer, please do us Belizeans a favor and go back to school to learn to read, write and spell properly. Firstly, I too am from O.W. East and know Mr. Cardona. I have personally worked with him and the only thing I have found him lacking of was the FULL SUPPORT OF THE UDP GOVERNMENT, which he was rightfully and legally deserving of in order to be able to attend to the needs of his constituents. Mr. Cardona is nothing of what you have described his as. He probably couldn’t get for you what you expected and you now hold a grudge against him for that. Can’t blame you. It was obvious that his hands were tied behind his back from the very beginning. So don’t feel bad if he had to let you down, poor you! You sound really hurt…….but I’m sure Landy will spend ALL his money on the East now, because he has a very lucrative business and I’m sure he won’t mind sharing his profits with his needy supporters in the East. Right??

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  5. aldo says:

    what a loser. basically what he is saying is that he could not backstab the government until the house was dissolved. bull he could have done it at anytime if he had the balls. he just did not want to lose his paycheck.

  6. Steve says:

    Marcel was “bitten” in the UDP convention because he stood against corruption and it is this same same corruption money that worked on that day so that Marcel gets a good thrashing, but the real thrashing will be given by Marcel to the UDP on March 7. No hay mal que por un bien no venga, Marcel!! Big up, Marcel. Your actions show that you stand for what you believe. You stand for Principles you believe in, and that is what makes you stand like a giant. Let the simple and little minds make noise. EL RIE DE ULTIMO RIE MEJOR!

  7. Latina Mom says:

    Aldo, you are such an IDIOT!!! which “paycheck” are you talking about? The miserable alms the opposition ministers without portfolio receive? He stayed there because he had LEGAL ENTITLEMENT to retain his seat. People who think like you are the very ones keeping the rest of Belizeans in that narrow-mindedness in which “Masta just say jump, so we must ask HOW HIGH?” I can guarantee that any future governmental body will be more vigilant of any intentions to exercise such tyrannical actions against their fellow Members of Parliament. and to you Ken, don’t be an @$$! How am I being racist? I was simply stating a fact. The racist comments are on a BLOG by the Guatemalans!! Or do you really think the Guatemalans LOVE the Belizean people even though they refer to all Belizeans as “los monos”?? Read and educate yourselves some more, have your facts straight before you continue pointing fingers!

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