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May 7, 2012

OCEANA files lawsuit against Elections and Boundaries

While the primary school students have learned a lot from their teachers, a local environmental group is bent on teaching the Ministry of Public Service and Elections and Boundaries a lesson in court.  On May second, OCEANA Belize sent a letter sent to Charles Gibson, the Minister of Public Service & Elections and Boundaries.  OCEANA’s Vice President for Belize, Audrey Matura Shepherd said that by now the minister should be able to tell OCEANA which eighty thousand and forty-seven signatures of the over twenty thousand petitioners were disqualified under the vetting process. Matura Shepherd said; “Surely you and your Government do not want to be seen as attempting to frustrate our democratic right under our governance system, nor to be denying us our right to information in a process which we initiated and have all rights to pursue.”  So last Friday May fourth, OCEANA filed a suit against the Government of Belize challenging its disqualification of the eight thousand plus signatures of Belizean voters who signed the petition calling on G.O.B. to hold a national referendum which would have permitted all Belizeans to vote on whether to allow or disallow offshore exploration and drilling in Belize. The disqualification represents close to forty percent of all signatures, which were collected by the Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage.

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5 Responses for “OCEANA files lawsuit against Elections and Boundaries”

  1. melinda bejerano says:

    This little woman cant be out of the spotlight for a few days without jumping up a storm. Soon we will hear of the other chapara, the Shakron.

  2. Moses M. says:

    GOB, give us a break, please listen to us, we are the people and our voices needs to heard. We are tired of you abusing our rights. we no wan no offshordrilling, there is no benfits for us other than your familiy and cronies. We the poor are more…

  3. kamikaze says:

    Actually, i don’t think it’s about the little woman. I, for one, am interested in why those signatures haven’t been disclosed.

  4. Eye in the Sky says:

    How much is Matura collecting in salaries and why is she protecting the oceans that much. This lady never even used to live at the Cayes or much less visit and do work there, she was a criminal prosecutor, a law student. But the white man got lots of money and a big agenda. goverbment should shut down oceana for lying belizeans and misleading stupid people like moses m who cant see pass their armslenght

  5. aldo says:

    Come on belizeans wake up and stop being brainwashed and open your minds, why is 97% of you so much against offshore drilling. look around and see how much offshore drilling is being done next to us in mexico and honduras. it has being going on for a long time and will continue on. do you think oceana will protect us if there is a spill out there ? can oceana stop mexico or honduras? why do you think they come here ? its the only place they can sell their lame story. I am not so keen on offshore drilling myself but I do have an open mind and wish there was a safe way to drill safety. 50 years from now when the need is 100fold the drilling will happen no matter what .

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