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Letter: Voter re-registration in Belize
Published on August 9, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

For several months, the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) has made the principled call for the much-needed voter re-registration to commence, with the most recent being made on 6th July 2017, via press release. The government of Belize continues to abuse its powers to not only breach the law but essentially to perpetuate institutionalised PUDP corruption, which eats away at the very core of our governance.

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Its latest determination to extend the time for re-registration by proclamation 2017 is demonstrative of the extent to which they will go in order to not adhere to the rule of law. Re-registration has been postponed almost ten years now by subsequent PUDP power manipulations. This sheds light on an even deeper concern the BPP has championed since its inception, that being the archaic functions of the Office of the Governor General.

Although we are certain the governor general is well aware of the dire need to conduct re-registration, he can only accede to the manipulated power of the PM. In this regard, the BPP draws attention to the overall need for a revamping of our system of governance, which includes redefining the role of the Office of the Governor General.

The BPP remains steadfast in its demand for “Re-Registration Now!” and toward that end decries the naive attitude of civil society and all social partners to become truly involved in good governance. The reality is that without ensuring the voter’s lists are current, the cycle of illegal, tainted elections shall persist. In effect, the people of Belize will continue to be cheated out of fair elections.

We demand “Re-Registration Now” and also remind all elected PUDP representatives to adhere to the Prevention of Corruption Act (POCA) and pay their outstanding fines! Failure to do that is a gross dereliction of their sacred duty to abide by the rule of law. In addition, much-needed revenue that could better serve to uplift the living conditions of the most vulnerable among us is being foregone.

Belizeans and true friends of Belize, now is the time to hold all elected officials, irrespective of their political affiliation, accountable. The BPP punctuates its stalwart position that “We are not here to replace the PUPD. We are here to change the system!”

Belize Progressive Party
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Belize, Sovereign and Free - NO ICJ!
 
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