UDP will support Referendum Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 January 2013 00:00

Prime Minister and Leader of the United Democratic Party, Hon. Dean Barrow has announced that the UDP's National Party Council has taken the position that it will be supporting the referendum scheduled of October 6th. According to the Prime Minister, decisions have also been taken both at the Cabinet to support the referendum process.

The UDP will now take the matter to the National Convention slated for February 17th for ratification. While the decision is to support the referendum process and to encourage people to come out and vote, the party will not be seeking either a 'yes' or a 'no' vote, rather those who come out will be encouraged to 'vote their conscience'.

On the issue of whether or not the UDP will be mobilizing the political machinery to have people come out to vote, the PM stated that it will depend on whether the initiative will be able to garner support. The party, he said, simply does not have the financial resources to actively bring out people to vote. The party's resources he said are being currently used for the National Convention and the upcoming village council elections and there is just not any available for the referendum.

On October 6th of this year, the citizens of Belize will be asked to vote on whether or not the territorial claim of Belize by Guatemala should be taken to the International Court of Justice.