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PUP demands re-registration by July, 2017
Belize City, BELIZE. Tuesday, January 31, 2017. The People’s United Party (PUP), is not a happy group and they are calling on social partners and other organizations for help.
The full fury of the PUP’s anger is aimed squarely at what it calls “retrograde and flagrantly undemocratic” proposals which the party says were tabled today at a meeting of the Election and Boundaries Commission.
According to a statement from the PUP, the proposals brought up by chairman of the Commission Dough Singh confirm government’s intention to forego a long overdue re-registration exercise, at least until next year.
The PUP says that that re-registration is constitutionally due by July 1, 2017, according to the Representative of the People’s Act, Chapter 9 of the Laws of Belize.
If the re-registration is put off until later next year’s Municipal Elections, the PUP says it will be nothing less than “a blatant act of political convenience when the national interests and the preservation of our democracy demand that we update our outdated, padded and illegal electoral rolls.”
Furthermore, the PUP says it is against any re-redistricting exercise proper to a re-registration as it would only serve to legitimize “the outdated, fraudulent and padded voters’ list.”The PUP says that the Election and Boundaries Commission “is also considering abolishing the issuance and use of voter identification cards.”
This the PUP says is a “retrograde” decision and “open the doors to even more instances of voter fraud including tampering with the Commission’s binders, denying lawful voters their right to vote and double voting in some instances.”
The PUP is calling on social partners and other organizations to join Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in demanding “that there be a re-registration exercise before July 1st, 2017 as mandated by law. We also demand that there be a re-division exercise after the true number of voters in each division has been determined by way of a re-registration exercise.”
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