There are a significant amount of persons originally from other Central American countries who now call Belize home and have been granted citizenship. Among those persons are Guatemalans, which has raised concerns because of the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute. Many have expressed that Guatemalans who have obtained Belizean nationality not be allowed to vote in the upcoming ICJ referendum. However, Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer said that they will be allowed to participate in the re-registration once they have the proper documents.
Josephine Tamai – Chief Elections Officer, Election & Boundaries: “Well when it comes to that as long as somebody has a legitimate document and they bring that document to us then we must accept that document. Immigration department will be sharing with us names of any persons whose documentation has already been revoked if they have any in that category. I don’t know if they have any as yet but we have requested them that if they have a list of persons whose documentation have been revoked and those originals are still with those persons to provide us with that information. And similar to Vital Statistics Unit if they have any birth certificate that has been revoked because at our end we can basically do absolutely nothing about it if it has not been revoked.”
Tamai said the re-registration process which begins on July 2, should be completed by the end of the year.