Anthony “Boots” Martinez seeks to get recall petition rejection reversed

Anthony “Boots” Martinez seeks to get recall petition rejection reversed

Anthony “Boots” Martinez says the Elections and Boundaries Department erred in rejecting several of the signatures in his recall petition.  It is on that premise that he is now threatening to take the matter to court. On March 21 the office of the Governor General wrote to Martinez informing him that the recall launched against Port Loyola’s Area Representative, Gilroy Usher, failed. The letter indicated that the Chief Elections Officer had completed the verification process of the 1654 signatures submitted and rejected 265 of them, leaving Martinez short of 96 signatures to meet the threshold. According to the department, 188 signatures did not match the elections and boundaries record of registered electors. However, according to Martinez, the department could have taken other measures to verify the signatures. The retired politician says he spent the last two weeks visiting 118 of the persons and had them sign an affidavit in the presence of Justices of the Peace to confirm that they had signed the petition. Martinez then gathered the personal declarations and delivered them today to the department along with a letter from his attorney, Richard “Dickie” Bradley, to the Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamia. Martinez explained that the letter seeks to request Tamia revisit the signatures to verify that he did indeed meet the threshold to trigger a recall against Usher. 

The information collected by Martinez includes the current address of the petitioners, many of whom do not reside in the constituency or even in Belize City. Our newsroom asked Martinez if he believes the argument can be made that his petition is flawed given that the persons do not reside in Port Loyola. 

Martinez added that while he strongly believes the Chief Elections and Boundaries Officer failed in her duties, he is not under the impression that she is being influenced by external forces within the political arena. 

Our newsroom reached out to Martinez’s other attorney, Senior Counsel Dean Barrow, who stated that he completely agrees with Martinez.

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