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Oct 2, 2013

Will a recall be triggered by passport scandal?

Dean Barrow

Amid the ongoing debacle is the very real possibility that a recall mechanism, enshrined in the constitution, will be triggered by the opposition.  The government of the day maintains control of the House of Representatives by a hairsbreadth.  That seventeen-fourteen majority can be gravely affected if the constituents of Cayo Northeast collectively decide that after invoking a recall and participating in a subsequent bye-election that they would then elect a P.U.P. area representative. After all, Penner won that division by a mere seventeen votes over Orlando Habet. Despite the likelihood of a mid-term election, Prime Minister Barrow says he is not concerned about the recall mechanism.  What transpires once the recall has been triggered is his primary focus.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“For there to be a recall thirty percent of the constituency would have to sign a petition invoking the recall mechanism.  Once that has been certified there is a recall, a recall referendum if you want to call it that.  In that recall referendum a certain threshold must be met, I’m not, I can’t recollect whether it’s the sixty percent normal referendum threshold or whether it’s sixty-five percent but a threshold has to be met.  So once, let’s say it’s sixty percent, once sixty percent of the voters turn out to cast their votes in that recall referendum then the threshold is met and the fifty-one percent of the sixty percent of the electorate that turns out votes yes to recall the person, that person is recalled.  There must then be a bye-election in which that person cannot stand.”



“Does it concern you as a seventeen-fourteen seat government that the opposition would choose to go this route?”


Dean Barrow

“No it doesn’t concern me.  We were the ones, I keep saying, as part of our reform panorama, our reform drive; we were the ones that amended the constitution to provide for a recall mechanism.  So, as far as I am concerned, for the opposition to go that route and to seek to trigger the recall mechanism is part and parcel of democracy.  So, I’m not going to be concerned about that at all.  Now once the mechanism is triggered, if there is the degree of turnout necessary and there is a majority vote in support of the recall then there is a bye-election and fight the bye-election.  Look when I moved against honorable Penner all these considerations were present to my mind.  I had to know that ultimately my action would result in a recall and a bye-election.  I know that the government has a razor-thin majority.  The point is that I will not refuse to do my duty because there are political consequences to that duty.”

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2 Responses for “Will a recall be triggered by passport scandal?”

  1. beano staunches gas says:

    “No it doesn’t concern me. 

    We were the ones, I keep saying, as part of our reform propaganda,
    We were the ones, We were the ones, We were the ones.
    No it doesn’t concern me.
    No it doesn’t concern me
    No it doesn’t concern me

    do the recall petitions in front of the voter registration offices.
    stage rallies, have a parade, bring in buses.
    get them checked at the office, then sign them. daily.
    if they can’t vote, but eligible, get them registered and then have them sign.
    get the UDP out of Belize fast.
    every day they run the country is another failed for the country.

  2. Guerra says:

    While all eyes and ears were focused on Penner, the PM was slipping a fast one in the house of Representative on us. PM you stopped doing our wishes and is now doing your wishes. We didn’t vote you for that. You cannot be pushing this UNIBAM thing on us and we are loosing faith in you. We have lost confidence in you and you need to be re-called. Your wife looked very happy when the camera focused on her, but in truth she don’t understand what the hell you were saying, because you started or with niceties that sound good, and then slam dunk the shit you want to push. Not nice!

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