“This is how far things go, life is real. People who are determined to register at an address at which they don’t live, they get their ducks in a row. When the registering officer goes to try and authenticate or verify that applicant A lives at a particular address, applicant A has already arranged things with the homeowner, or with the neighbors to say yes, applicant a does live here. I’m not quite sure what you can do about that.” –Dean Barrow on October 2, 2019
The United Democratic Party might have been ushered into office via ONE imaginary, yet fair, election and they could argue that they were Of the People and By the People BUT they are proving beyond all reasonable doubt that the UDP is DEFINITELY NOT For the Belizean people. By no stretch of any imagination or UDP policy is there any UDP attempt to govern in order to gain favour and thus roll into a general election with a triumphant dossier. Not even a feeble-backed attempt…
The UDP has never rid themselves of the bitterness of being in Opposition. The UDP was born to oppose and has proved this while feigning to govern in 1984, 1993, and 2008. Today we could call their incompetent attempts at governing, ‘Fake News’. Their attempts at glittering in Health, Tourism, Education, Infrastructure, Agriculture, Economy, Utilities, Immigration, Lands, Crime, Justice, Tax, Environment, Banking and Elections were each marred with some monumental scandal. If any was missed, please accept an apology.
Elections were left for last since this one is at the very heart of our still-fledgling democracy. When Belizeans see a venom-tipped dagger raised against our electoral system it is time to more than flinch. When you read/hear that we wasted 8 million dollars to register electors here in Belize we must wake up and take notice. It sounds criminal.
Today we hear of 23 electors in one rented office building in the Albert Division and 57 in mom’s abode in the same division—it seems that the Minister of State is doing more than Investment, Trade and Commerce. There seems to be a concerted effort to unapologetically electioneer. Winning Albert due to merits is not a strategy. I would venture to say that bar some Trumpian explanation for this that the leadership aspirations for this unproven Minister has been impeached by at least a Saldivarian perception.
Luckily, the Deputy Prime Minister(who loves the excessive travelling of Sir) doesn’t mind. Faber went on record to say that he doesn’t see the big deal as long as people vote only once—since everyone has one vote. He was OK with the Laws of Belize being broken.
But wait, the Prime Minister of Belize echoed that same sentiment just yesterday, October 2. He stated that as long as there isn’t any double registering that it is an “unchangeable fact.” That is an admission of incompetence. The PM keeps repeating “the ducks are in a row…”. Belizeans are seriously fed up with all the lame ducks in that row. His facetious assertion that he might stay to read the next budget ignited many an ire. But I digress…
When the UDP talk about the Laws of Belize being broken without the bat of a red eye it is a problem. People that are under oath to uphold the Laws like Deputy Commissioner Edward Broaster and Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai are to be held accountable as much as their bosses Saldivar and Barrow. Does Broaster really live at No. 1 Kelly Street—the home of a restaurant with as many corners as a lowly Standard Bearer attempted to explain? How low can you get? Anyone that jumps from an unearned and undeserving Senate president seat and now attempts to win by moving people into a constituency does not deserve the seat they publicly yearn.
Our national assembly is for real workers. Belize must know: the Caribbean Shores area suddenly got a boost of voters in their list just to try to get the UDP standard bearer an advantage over Area Representative Kareem who beat ex-Mayor Darrell Bradley. Oh, Bradley is now President of the Senate—almost as complicated as Sanctuary Bay.
From all levels, from Prime Minister to UDP Cyclists, the attack on our Democracy is non-stop. The issue of phantom voters will not go away. The UDP is hell-bent to run roughshod through our electoral system as long as it gets them a win in 2020.
The PUP and Belizeans say NO…No more incompetent and corrupt UDP. Enough.