Nomination Day is less than two weeks away. The Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai has called for a virtual meeting with all the political parties and the independent candidates. The meeting will discuss the policies and guidelines for Nomination Day. As we have reported previously, nomination of candidates will take place separately in each electoral division. As it relates to national security, Police Commissioner Chester Williams laid down the law for October 21.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “My thing is that there have been some political parties who have been asking for a motorcade and I have said to my commanders that we must not treat any political party differently than we treat the others. Whatever is done must be done across the board for all political parties and so if it is that they want to have a motorcade I have asked Mr.Rosado to meet with the chairman of the PUP, the UDP, and the other parties BPP in Belize City and let them come up with a consensus in terms of whether or not they want to have a motorcade and if it is they want to have a motorcade I will have no objection to it providing however that the motorcade will not be more than ten vehicles and when they get to the nomination center the only persons to alight any vehicle is going to be the candidate and his nominees or who are going to nominate him. No other person must be allowed to exit the vehicles at the nomination center. When they’re done if they want to take a drive around in their motorcade and go back to their respective office then we can work with that but we do not want anything that is going to attract any mass gathering anywhere so that is how we want it to be.”