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Jan 8, 2014

…And 79 duplicated signatures were struck out

While fifty-two might be the rake for Boledo, the number which is giving the Opposition heartburn tonight is seventy-nine – and with good reason. The Elections and Boundaries Department rejected seventy-nine signatures because they say those persons signed twice. And that’s the exact number of signatures by which the petition falls short of the thirty percent threshold. It’s an important point because the Department did not choose to strike out the duplicate signatures and keep the original…all were struck out. Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai admitted that nothing in the Act gives her the authority to reject those signatures, but she did, because nothing in the Act says that she has to accept them either. At least, that’s Tamai’s explanation.


Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer

“Remember at the end of the day, according to the Act itself, those persons have committed an offence. Once you sign more than once, twice, three times…those are all more than once…”



“Yes ma’am…but if you commit an offence then they can be prosecuted but their signatures were on the petition…does it call for them to be rejected because they signed more than once?”


Josephine Tamai

Josephine Tamai

“Yes. You commit an offence.”



“I understand you saying that but does that mean…I’d just like an answer because it seems to me that the role of the Elections and Boundaries Office was to verify the signatures…and those signatures were up there…the seventy-nine and the four petitioners who signed three times. Yes they were there more than once, as your records show, but they were there. They did sign on that petition.”


Josephine Tamai

“But like I said, you committed an offence.”



“I understand that ma’am. You said that three times. But does that mean that because you committed an offence…where does it say that your signature then is rejected because you committed an offence?”


Josephine Tamai

“You won’t see that anywhere. Similar to how you won’t see it saying that you accept it.”



“You’re satisfied that you are legally right to reject those signatures?”


Josephine Tamai

“Yes I am satisfied.”



“Just to follow up on that question…so can you say if there is any stipulation in the Act to say that because they have committed an offense you can remove that and not count it as a signature once?”


Josephine Tamai

“Well I mentioned it just now when I said that you won’t find anywhere in the Act to say that you reject those, similar to how you won’t find anything in the Act to say that you accept it.”



“So that is something that can be taken to Court and disputed?”


Josephine Tamai

“Well as far as we know these days anything can be taken to court, so that’s possible.”


The People’s United Party, we are told, is planning to do just that. We’ll have more on that later in our newscast.

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6 Responses for “…And 79 duplicated signatures were struck out”

  1. Henry says:

    that is easy to solve just look at the balots that where used last elction, was there any duplicats?
    was that votor rejected as well? would that have changed the outcome of the election? why did thy refuse a recount?

  2. MIC says:

    it was expected,’no their was no intervention of politriks? common plsssssssssss da fool di talk but da no fool di listen,we Belizeans know the relity,-everyting is POLITICAL IN Belize, and its a sad situation and thats why our country cannot develop the right way,our politicians are rotten with corruption and the public servants just follow orders…same as the OFF SHORE DRILLING PETITION, Elections and Boundries came with EXCUSES,AND EXCUSES,GOB handle elections and boundries dept’ so its expected,corruption and more corruption,no matta wat the people’s wish are,dean barrow has the majority still?

  3. Louisville,Ky says:

    First of all, I couldn’t care any less about either Penner or the PUP. But, with regards to an election petition, should it not be one man one vote? So tell me, How could white monkey be accusing white dog of being corrupt and power hungry, when white monkey is using every trick in the book to get INTO POWER, by any means necessary?

    Dude, I’m just saying……..

  4. Kaila Moralez says:

    Why is it that the United States Embassy hasn’t dealt with Elvin Penner the same way the dealt with Maxwell Samuels by Revoking his US Visa. Is it that the FBI wants to deal with penner tha same way they dealt wit Rawell Pelayo arrest him when he least expect it when he arrive in the States so that they don’t have to waste money on extradition proceedures? Rawell Pelayo was the one that was arrested when he went to see the BELIZE National Football team BELIZE JAGUARS play in US. Maybe if Penner goes to the US the FBI will arrest him forthwith. If that is not the case then the US embassy has double standards and they their strategy to stop corruption is deteriorating. Maxwell SAMUELS was a Commissioner of BELIZE POLICE from 1981-1986 which translate to meaning that he has serve Belize significantly prior to his entering politics. Elvin Penner on the other hand was a nobody before politics to present date. In what capacity did elvin penner serve BELIZE prior to politricks? I know that elvin penner use to live in a tiny house on Temash street BELMOPAN the was was so small if you were alone insie that house you would buck into your own shadow, but as penner got into UDP politricks he acquired a mansion in Cayo. Now they sweep penner corruption under the red carpet. I hope as a nation we realize the subliminal message we send to the rest of the world about our competence to adress corruption our judicial system is paralyze to deal with the corruption of Elvin Pennerad the others. We can’t legislate to remove the malignant tumour penner, ok.

  5. interesting says:

    So true Henry. Maybe that is a pandora’s box to open. But PUP got to get their act together. Seems like they have no fighting spirit. If it was Deanno in the shoe lookin to recall a PUP he would have had street blockades and a whole lot going on. He even declared public disobedience that time and we saw the results. PUP appear to have no opposition spirit these days, you got to get your act together and show us that you will be fighting for the nation!

  6. EZ Deh. says:

    some civil servants better be careful how they bow to elected politicians by trampling on the masses. Be careful cause when cat get push ina kaana, dah yu eye wah get scratch out and if you play like you kiant si now, imagine when yo lose yu eye fu true true.

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