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After insisting for weeks that it will hold an electoral border redistricting exercise prior to carrying out a scheduled re-registration exercise against the wishes of the Opposition and social partners, the Government announced last week that it had changed plans. GOB now says it will hold a re-registration first, but not until after the Senate inquiry into immigration irregularities is completed. Today the Prime Minister explained that the decision has more to do with the financial state of the country that giving in to any kind of pressure.


Screen_Shot_2017-03-13_at_7.55.03_PMRt. Honourable Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize


“I believe though that the public would prefer for the Inquiry to be concluded if you say you are doing it now before the Inquiry comes to an end you will be accused perhaps trying to short circuit the result and in the current climate I think we ought to wait but I am not concealing the fact that as I said one of the principal reasons for wanting the postponement is the lack of funds  we could not have budgeted for 20 million or even 15 million to do reregistration this year, I see that the BNTU had  called for the reregistration didn’t hear them offering to give the 15 million but that is perhaps an unnecessary aside, the biggest thing is the lack of funding now we will clearly have to provide for it for next year so that it can begin by first July of 2018 given that we’ve conceded that no redistricting can take place until after reregistration, no referendum on the ICJ an take place until after reregistration I believe we’ve taken this thing out of the attacks and the suggestions that there is something sinister about wanting a postponement so I believe that we will get support for a postponement, I’ve spoken to the Unions, to the Churches both the Council of Churches and the Evangelical Association and I think with those assurances about redistricting and the referendum and we ought to be okay and I didn’t get the sense that Mr. Julius Espat who spoke was in fact being inveterate about saying no it has to happen this year.”


Reporter


“PUP has already claimed victory?”


Rt. Honourable Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize


“And that’s fine but their big thing was for whatever reason the reregistration must take place now to say that as well they wanted to be sure that redistricting wouldn’t take place until afterwards am happy to give them that victory because we’ve looked at it and it make sense.”

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