Cabinet concerned about redistricting recommendations from the Elections and Boundaries Commission, Minister Espat weighs in

Cabinet concerned about redistricting recommendations from the Elections and Boundaries Commission, Minister Espat weighs in

The BPM isn’t the only one questioning the redistricting report; the Cabinet has expressed serious concerns about the recommendations made by the Elections and Boundaries Commission. The proposals were delivered to Prime Minister Briceno, who reviewed and discussed the proposed changes with his Cabinet colleagues. And according to Cayo South Area Representative Julius Espat, there was a collective concern expressed by several members. Espat says that while the report will be tabled in the National Assembly for debate, he doesn’t like its smells. 

Julius Espat, Area Representative, Cayo South:  “My concern is equitable distribution. If we are going to do this exercise, you have to follow international norms that determines what your range is and you can’t play with it. Why am I saying this? Because it might hurt some of us that we might not like it, but at the end of the day it has to pass legal scrutiny. And so at the meeting I asked one question to one of the attorneys, “can this document pass legal scrutiny?” And he said it won’t last 10 minutes and therefore that was enough for me. And then I asked another question, “what was the level of flexibility given in the numbers?” International norms are telling us that we should be plus or minus 15 percent from the number, meaning the equal number per… this proposal was over 25 percent and so I immediately did not have any problem voicing my discontent with it. We can’t fool ourselves, man. We can’t put a document that will not pass scrutiny and if we are doing that then it’s irresponsible. And so that basically is, and not only myself many others, that is in essence why we put out a statement. In my case it make I’ve always worked with what I have and that’s why I have no fear. You have to put in the work. If you want to represent a certain population, you have to put in the work.”

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