The Representation of the People’s Ordinance of 1953 says, “Every person shall be entitled to be registered as a voter for any one electoral division, and when registered, to vote at the election of a member of the Assembly, who is qualified as follows —”
The list goes on from (a) to (e). It states that the Election & Boundaries Commission has the following duties:
1. Accept the person’s filled-out form (providing that he/she is 18 years old or older).
2. Ascertain that the person is living at the address he/she lists as his or her residence.
3. Check complaints that a voter or a political party has made a mistake.
The commission must also inscribe the names in alphabetical order in the register-voter roll according to the constituency in which the person is living.
In mid-term, the Election & Boundaries Commission is to see to it that a constituency does not have an undue number of voters compared to the rule that is made subscribing to an almost equal number of electors in every constituency. In that exercise, the EBC should confer with the political (parties) and leaders of districts to add constituencies and so name another constituency to the district, or add to the number of the established constituencies.
Right away, Lake Independence and Port Loyola could do with another constituency. Belmopan could do with another constituency, and so would the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts.
Ten years ago I said over radio “Wamalali” in Punta Gorda that we had too many voters in Toledo South and Toledo West, and we should create Toledo South.
Mayor Fern Guttierez was there, and she agreed! I thank Jerry Enriquez for compiling electors/constituencies in the Amandala newspaper.
Alejandro Vernon, JP.