Belize Peace Movement Rejects Redistricting Report, Demands Constitutional Compliance

Belize Peace Movement Rejects Redistricting Report, Demands Constitutional Compliance

The Belize Peace Movement has officially rejected the Redistricting Report by the Elections and Boundaries Commission.  The rejection comes after the BPM met with its attorneys yesterday and found that, “whilst there were improvements in some areas across the country as it relates to the equality of votes, there were other areas that still fall far short of the constitutional mandate for equality of votes across constituencies.”  It is based on this that they have decided to reject the document.  Love News understands that the BPM are currently in the process of responding to the Chairman of the Elections and Boundaries Commission, and will be expressing their utter disappointment and their expectation that violations of the Constitution will be rectified as soon as possible. Paul Morgan, a senior member of the Belize Peace Movement, said that the percentage for deviation decided by the Commission is just too high. 

Paul Morgan, Belize Peace Movement: “I must say that we’re very dissatisfied with the report. The source of our dissatisfaction, the main source stems from the fact that the commission is proposing to use a threshold of 25% to 35% deviation from the mean, from the average. We are certainly not satisfied with that. The Elections and Boundaries Commission knows exactly that is far off from the constitution and that it will not stand. And if it goes as it’s accepted now, then it goes in as a precedent and the Belizean people will be shorted in the future. Representation is something that we’re serious about. That is why we are here. Now, what’s next is ongoing. We are now reviewing the report. We’re perusing, we’re underlining, we’re discussing and we will do that for the next couple of days. Once we come up with a decent approach to it then we will contact the Elections and Boundaries Commission to give them a chance to correct what we see is something that is up for litigation. And if we can avoid the litigation, then all the better. It is a simple matter. There is time, the Elections and Boundaries can use the right measures and if the right measures are used then we will be satisfied and will be out of court holding hands. If not, it will be three years ongoing. We are ready to continue that process until the Belizean people get justice and get their rights.”

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