Belizeans are being urged to verify their eligibility to vote in the upcoming referendum, after a mishap at the Elections and Boundaries Department almost cost someone his right to participate. Mr. Lennox Lamb, a constituent of Caribbean Shores, encountered an unexpected setback on Tuesday, April 30, when he went to pick up his voter’s ID card from the Elections and Boundaries office.
Upon submitting his receipt and personal information he was informed that there was no ID for him, nor was he on the voters list. He was then further informed that under those circumstances, he would not be able to participate in the upcoming ICJ Referendum on May 8th. Mr. Lamb was displeased with this result, and recalls being one of the first persons to re-register — a process which he had undergone from June 2 of 2018.
Mr. Lamb then voiced his intentions of settling the matter in court because it was imperative that his name be placed on the voters list in time for the referendum. A supervisor then called Mr. Lamb into an office to apologize and fortunately he was able to undergo the process a second time, and had his name secured on the voters list. Mr. Lamb stated to the media that he has not raised the issue as a means to condemn the Elections and Boundaries Department; on the contrary, he was pleased with the result of this ordeal.
He does, however, implore Belizeans to query their voter’s status so as to not encounter any surprises on referendum day. Verification of the voters’ list can be done on the Elections and Boundaries website at elections.gov.bz by submitting your first and last names as well as your date of birth under the “Voter Info” tab.