General — 02 October 2015 — by Rowland A. Parks
PUP Leader calls for “Election Observers”

BELIZE CITY, Wed. Sept. 30, 2015–Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow’s announcement on Monday that he has advised the Governor General to dissolve the National Assembly and has set Wednesday, November 4, as the date for the general elections, has enormous implications for the recently concluded voter registration exercise, says the Opposition PUP.

      In a letter dated Monday, September 28, People’s United Party (PUP) Leader Francis Fonseca has written to Prime Minister Barrow asking him to invite Election Observers from the Organization of American States (OAS), CARICOM or the Commonwealth.

       The PUP Leader said the decision to call elections comes weeks after the close of the annual transfer period of electors, and “The election date of November 4, 2015 will not allow for the electoral list to be revised for 2015, which is vital to an already bloated list.”

       Fonseca’s letter concluded saying, “For this and other concerns for a free and fair elections, we insist that Election Observers be invited to witness Belize’s election process on November 4, 2015. I therefore anticipate that you will invite the OAS, the Commonwealth or CARICOM to be present in Belize as independent monitors for the upcoming General Elections in Belize.”

       Fonseca copied his letter to the Governor General and to the Diplomatic Corps Accredited to Belize.

       OAS observers were present for the March 2012 general elections.

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