Attorney Estevan Perera has announced that he will not be stepping down as the Chairman of the Elections and Boundaries Commission. Perera fired off a 4-page document to the media explaining that the only requirements for being the Chairman is that the appointee be of integrity and high national standing. He was appointed under the Barrow administration in July 2020 and has quoted Section 88 of the Constitution which notes that all members of the commission are to be appointed for a fixed period of five years. The section goes on to note that the Constitution does not allow for any shorter or longer period to be granted to the appointed members. Speaking on the matter outside the National Assembly on Friday was Prime Minister Briceno.
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “There are other options that we’re looking at but I think that Steve Perrera I think he’s a good man and he will do the right thing which is to step down from the Elections and Boundaries. He hasn’t but I do believe at the end of the day he will but if he doesn’t then we have other options as to what we’re going to do.”
Perera went on to note that following the November elections there have been no complaints from either party on how the election was carried out nor has he been accused of bias or unfair treatment. His letter to the media also noted that constitutional appointments are expected to continue despite any change in government. Section 88 of the Constitution also notes that a person can only be removed as a member of the commission if he or she becomes a member of the National Assembly; if he or she becomes a public servant; when the 5-year term ends and for misbehavior. Love News understands that Perera currently collects two thousand dollars monthly for being Chairman of the Elections and Boundaries Commission.