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Requested and Answered by Sitemaster on 19-Jan-2017 11:58 (271 reads)
The Representation of the People Registration Rules, Chapter 9.

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Requested and Answered by Sitemaster on 19-Jan-2017 11:57 (85 reads)
There are 31 electoral divisions, 7 towns, 2 cities, 191 villages and communities.

Only registered voters have the right to elect Political Leaders at the National and Municipal level.

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Requested and Answered by Sitemaster on 19-Jan-2017 11:55 (193 reads)

The Elections and Boundaries Department administered by a Chief Elections Officer is responsible for the day to day electoral management on behalf of the Elections and Boundaries Commission as per the Representation of the People Act: Administrative Provision, Elections, Continuous Registration, Election Rules, Adjustment of Electoral Records in Re-division.

The Staff of Elections and Boundaries Department are public officers as defined by the Belize Constitution whose conduct is governed by the Public Service Regulations and, where appropriate, the General Workers Rule. The Chief Elections Officer is also the Head of the Department.

Presently, the Chief Elections Officer is Mrs. Josephine Tamai.


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Requested and Answered by Sitemaster on 19-Jan-2017 11:54 (186 reads)
Section 88 (13) (14) of the Constitution of Belize states:

(13) The Commission shall be responsible for the direction and supervision of the registration of voters and the conduct of elections, referenda and all matters connected therewith.

(14) In the exercise of its functions, the Commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any person or authority and shall, subject to the provisions of this Constitution, act in accordance with the Representation of the People Act or any other law, rule or regulation relating to elections.

The Chairperson and members of the Commission are:

Chairman:
- Mr. Bernard Q. Pitts

Members:
- Mrs. Phillipa Griffith Bailey
- Mr. Derek Courtenay
- Mr. Dean Lindo
- Mr. Orlando Espat

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Requested and Answered by Sitemaster on 19-Jan-2017 11:54 (176 reads)
After the re-districting becomes Law, the Chief Elections Officer is to:

- Adjust the electoral register of the electoral divisions affected
- Compile new registers of electors if there are new electoral divisions
- Within 90 days publish provisional registers

The Law (Representation of The People Act) provides for 10 days for electors to make corrections and objections to names in the Provisional Registers.

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Requested and Answered by Sitemaster on 19-Jan-2017 11:52 (183 reads)
Section 91 of the Belize Constitution states that any redistricting of electoral divisions effected in accordance with Section 90 of the Belize Constitution shall in respect of the election of members of the House of Representatives come into operation at the next general election held after such re-division and not earlier.

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Requested and Answered by Sitemaster on 19-Jan-2017 11:51 (143 reads)
In accordance with Section 90 (1) of the Constitution of Belize the total number of electoral divisions shall be not less than thirty-one (31)
(Increase of Electoral Division Act II of 2005)

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Requested and Answered by Sitemaster on 19-Jan-2017 11:51 (175 reads)
The National Assembly makes the final decision
- The Elections and Boundaries Commission makes proposals to the National Assembly
- The National Assembly may accept all or part of the proposal submitted by the Elections and Boundaries Commission

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Requested and Answered by Sitemaster on 19-Jan-2017 11:50 (183 reads)
The legal framework is set out in Section 90 of the Belize Constitution:

- Section 90 (1) (a) states, "Each electoral division shall have as nearly as may be, an equal number of persons eligible to vote".
- Section 90 (1) (b) states that total number of electoral divisions should not be less than 28
- Section 90 (2) states that in fixing boundaries, regard is to be given to transport, physical features, other facilities of the electoral division

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Requested and Answered by Sitemaster on 19-Jan-2017 11:49 (183 reads)
The term boundary re-districting or boundary de-limitation is used interchangeably and is defined as:

- To fix the limits of electoral boundaries
- To alter electoral boundaries

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