Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s censure of Lord Michael Ashcroft continued when the topic of the redistricting case, which is currently before the Supreme Court, came up. He noted that on top of everything, Ashcroft has also inserted himself into the political world. Additionally, he commented on how the case would affect the proposed date of general elections.
Rt.Hon Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “Isn’t the same gentleman about whom we were just talking, hasn’t he inserted himself now into our electoral affairs? Did he not apply to be joined as a party to the action- weh this man want? Everything he want get eena Belize? Anyway and what I find peculiar, extremely intriguing feature of all this is that part of the relief that the parties including Lord Ashcroft area asking in consequence of their challenges is that elections be postponed and who do you think is representing Lord Ashcroft in this petition ? Andrew Marshalleck. Is he not either THE or one of the official lawyers of the People’s United Party? The People’s United Party wants the elections postponed ? Sir I don’t know whether there is time enough for this case to be heard and determined before what continues in my mind to be the due date for elections but people must know that if the claimants succeed then there will as a matter of what’s practical have to be a postponement of the election so that the redistricting exercise which doesn’t take a week or two weeks or three weeks or a month so that that exercise can be finished.”
PM Barrow stated that it is not the desire of his party to postpone the elections, and he does not believe that it is the desire of the general public either.