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Friday, 07 April 2017 00:00

For a long time we have been hearing members of the PUP refer to the government being elected by a minority of the electorate. As they put it, a minority percentage of the electorate voted for the UDP. They have done their calculations using the total amount of votes the UDP got against the total amount of voters on the voters roll rather than against the actual turnout of voters. They are using that sort of PUP numbers fixing to create an illusion to present to their followers and in an attempt to try and save face. The PUP claimed that the UDP polled 36.34 % rather than the actual 50.001% it polled or rounded off to 50%. They seem to not understand that the only time the TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTERS is used in any sort of calculation for statistical purposes is to calculate the total turnout. For example if there are 10 voters and only 3 persons voted the number 10 does not have anything to do with who wins. If the winner were to receive 2 out of the 3 votes then that person wins with 66.66% of the votes casted. Not 20% as the PUP would try and portray.

We at no time ever attempted to set the record straight because we and the electorate know the true numbers. However after seeing a Facebook comment from the Maja Disaster in response to a post about an elected Senate, we had to set the record straight. The Maja spoke of Belizeans voting overwhelmingly for an ELECTED SENATE in 2008. We don’t know where he got his numbers, but we know that we got the Official numbers from the Elections and Boundaries Commission. In 2008 there were two different polls that were taken on the same day. One was a General Elections to elect area Representatives, one in each of 31 Electoral Constituencies. The other was a referendum asking the electorate to vote yes or no to the following question, “Should the Senate of Belize be elected? Some 73,213 voters which is 46.63 % of the 156,993 registered voters voted in the referendum. That 46.63% turnout was less than 50 % of the electorate. Basically is saying that less than 50% of the electorate spoke for us. If we were to apply the PUP Math the 45,058 yes votes would be 28.70%.

How can the PUP claim that the majority of the people voted for an Elected Senate when just over a quarter of the voting population voted yes? Getting the voters out to the poll on the Referendum Day was not the problem. The problem was that the voters did not want to have anything to do with anything coming from the PUP. As we mentioned before, there were 2 polls conducted on that day. In the General Elections, which was the other poll 121,168 voters, equaling 77.18% of the electorate, went to the polls. What is noteworthy was that the polling took place simultaneously at the SAME POLLING STATIONS AND IN THE SAME ROOMS. That is to say the voters were already at the Polling Stations, where the REFERENDUM WAS TAKING PLACE. The UDP polled 68,250 votes which is just about 5,000 votes less than those who voted in the referendum. Some 48,000 more people voted in the elections than those who voted in the referendum. The PUP lost the 2008 elections badly but polled about 4,000 more votes than the amount of yes votes in the referendum.

Now there was a recent attempt of the presently APPOINTED SENATE, (the present Senate is not an elected one) trying to delay a Money Bill that was passed by our elected House of Representatives. At present our senate does not consist of a majority of government appointed Senators. The majority of Senators have been appointed by a combination of the Opposition and Social Partners. This is something that goes against the system of Parliamentary Democracy. Looking at the way things played out at the last Senate Meeting, where the Opposition along with Three SPECIAL INTEREST SENATORS sought to hamstring the DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED GOVERNMENT, in the performance of it’s function as it was freely and fairly elected to do by a majority of the voters, we are firmly of the opinion, that it is now time for us to revisit the idea of holding a NEW referendum on the question of an Elected Senate. That question should not just ask about an Elected Senate though. It should include other models of what type of Senate we would prefer. Another thing is that the referendum must be held on its own on POLLING DAY. That is the seriousness we believe such a subject must be treated with. Our people should be given adequate time to consider the question and at the same time all the available arguments and options must be shared with them. The dialogue about with the electorate must be meaningful. Then and only then will we be able to feel the true PULSE OF THE NATION!