Archive for March, 2012

Double Elections in Belize

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Electoral officials in Belize are ready to conduct the double elections which will be held on March 7. The ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) of Prime Minister Dean Barrow is facing a challenge from the main opposition People’s United Party in the general and municipal elections.

According to the information released by the Elections and Boundaries Department, 178,054 people are eligible to vote in the general election, and 97,979 voters have been registered to vote in the municipal poll.

In the general election, there are 31 constituencies, both the UDP and the PUP nominating candidates contest all seats. In Belize City at the municipal level, voters will choose one mayor and six councillors.

It was indicated that March 7 will be a national holiday and Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai said that the results of the elections should be known after the polling stations are closed. Also, international observers will be allowed to visit the polling and counting stations to see how the elections are conducted.

In the last general election, the UDP won 25 seats as against six for the PUP. The last double election in Belize jurisdiction was held in 2003.