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May 14, 2012

The Penner Petition still too close to call

Said Musa

On April tenth an election petition was filed against returning area representative Elvin Penner on the refusal of a recount of ballots and an allegation of bribery. The petition for the allegation of bribery was struck out and Justice Minnet Hafiz granted leave to hear the recount petition. A notice of appeal was filed by Attorney Said Musa on the bribery aspect of the petition which was struck out. Today, senior counsels Rodwell Williams and Musa were back before Justice Hafiz. Musa is seeking a stay of the recount petition until a judgment is made in the Appellate Court on the bribery claim. He also submitted that the procedure in which Williams filed for the election petition to be dismissed was flawed. By three o’clock this afternoon, Justice Hafiz decided to accept Williams’ Notice of Motion as an application. But the stay application entered by Musa was denied and the hearing for the dismissal of the case on the election petition for the recount reconvened. News Five spoke to Musa this afternoon.


Said Musa, Attorney

“Based on the documents we have filed and on the instructions we’ve received from Mister Orlando Habet and the affidavits from his witnesses what happened on election day, in our view there were clear efforts to bribe voters as they went to vote and indeed some were being bribed after they went to vote on behalf of mister Elvin Penner. What this is dealing about is a very serious issue and that is buying votes on Election Day.”


Duane Moody

“Not getting the stay by the judge; how has that affected your case?”


Said Musa

“It has not affected us in terms of our right to proceed with the appeal, but it certainly will affect us in terms of whether or not at this stage certainly by tomorrow whether we will have any petition to proceed with. But here again I must repeat that the bottom line is that this matter will be heading for the Court of Appeal to make a final determination.”


The case continues on Tuesday afternoon. 

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5 Responses for “The Penner Petition still too close to call”

  1. Dave R says:

    OK enough already with these foolish petitions. The people have spoken clearly…even if you win by one it is still a win..don’t try to change it with these nonsense

  2. now i see says:

    Mr Said Musa please dont make Belize loose respect for you by following this stupid petition. We the people are happy dont be a sower looser.

  3. Be Real says:

    I wish Said could retire from politics. You have been PM for two consecutive terms and Party leader. Why do youu want to stay in this game without being party leader or leader of opposition when you have already made it to the top. What accomplishments can you accomplish which you have not yet accomplished? Pass the baton to the new blood. you are 70 years oldbig man

  4. wilfred says:

    people don`t be ignorant and stupid…the fact is that the bribe of people is wrong…and does who accept it are the foolish offense…and that is what is make Belize go down… because if the leaders bribe it is only showing that they are indeed steal money from Belize…total cheaters…and lairs….

  5. Cayo Resident says:

    Now i see, you are happy, not the country.
    Dave R, I you win by one it is still a win but when it is clean. Not dirty as the March 7th general elections.

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