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Jan 8, 2014

Tamai says 52 signatures were not registered to vote at all

If you’re a Boledo regular, you might want to buy fifty-two tonight. The Penner recall petition, as it became known during its famous but short life, was shot down because of rejected signatures fifty-two for persons who were not registered in Cayo Northeast, fifty-two for persons who were not registered to vote at all, and fifty-two which did not match recorded signatures in the Elections and Boundaries Office. We got a look at the signatures which allegedly didn’t match…and sure enough, they didn’t – which doesn’t mean much, really, because signatures are rarely identical and some of the signatures on record are decades old. Still, that’s what the Department had to work with and that’s what they used. Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai says they determined that it wasn’t necessary to go into the field to verify if the signatures on the list were those of actual registered voters.


Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer

“In many cases I can tell you, because I went through them personally as well…those signatures really, really did not match. And for us, like I said to go out…this is something where we worked throughout the weekends, late in the evening…so yes fifty-two might sound like a little bit, but I must tell you, it’s not a little bit. Fifty-two is still an amount, because if we would go to do those fifty-two, then another question would come up to say…well why not do the other ones, and why not do the other ones? So we have to, while conducting the exercise, determine at each level where we go from there. But like we mentioned before, the reason why it is presented to the Elections and Boundaries Department is because we are the ones who have the records. We have the records and signatures are presented.”



Josephine Tamai

“But in the Act it states that your role is not only to verify the signatures but to certify that those persons have indeed put their signatures on that petition, so that would have been the certification part of it.”


Josephine Tamai

“Yes, and that was done. Like I said, in terms of determining who you investigate, and who you don’t investigate, because at the end of the day we didn’t investigate the one thousand, six hundred and sixty five persons who were accepted. Chances are if we interviewed them, people might say well, how did you accept those? Those people didn’t tell us that they signed. But we utilized the records that we had.”

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6 Responses for “Tamai says 52 signatures were not registered to vote at all”

  1. Joe Blank says:

    Lady Tamai, you better be damn right about what u are saying. Your boss will not be the one going to prison. It’s you. Hopefully, for your sake, u didn’t purposely screw this one up. It’s your head on the chopping block, sooner or later. Prison is not a nice place.

  2. asyusemiyugimme says:

    @Joe Blank Nice thought, but nobody who’s anybody goes to prison in Belize. Name me one person of pedigree presently in prison in Belize! It’s so easy to get an RB or an SS, pay ‘em three thousand dollars and have a case quashed before you can say k-o-l-b-y out loud.

  3. think twice says:

    Tamai is a dam bimbo!! one question was being asked to her…yet she caant answer one question!!! beat around the bush too much!! hayyy I dont know why Belize hires dumb like Tamai men, she just made me get irritated while watching the news!!!

  4. Bzean says:

    So In Belize where practically everything is accessible within 5-10 minutes drive and where the people would be clustered in a given area because they are all from one consituency they didn’t bother to verify 52 signatures? Not even a phone call? She just looked said nope, they did’nt match although some of the signatures on file are old. Democracy at work!

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  6. Heavenlyblaq says:

    I watched this clip with my friends at USC and I could not be more embarrassed for my country and even more so for the gullibility of the people assigned to do cover up work. I wish that the females employed in high offices would use their sense of dignity or at least basic ethics of care to truly push the agenda of the people of Belize and not of the disgraceful political forces. Obviously this woman is one of the hand selected government employees because I certainly do not see her being able to be successful in an open competition for such a job. Tamai is just a bumbling idiot who cannot hide the fact that her job is to protect the UDPs interest. She is a slap in the face to all professional Belizean women who have worked hard and achieved their positions by merit. No wonder Belize is so screwed up as it is. I fear for my country and wonder if I will fit into the madness once my study leave(by academic merit and not through GOB) is through.

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