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Former Pm Ingraham Heads Commonwealth Group To Belize

Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.

Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.

FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is now in Belize where he heads a 10-member Commonwealth Observer Group to observe the April 10 referendum to decide the territorial claims between Belize and Guatemala.

The question of the proposed referendum is: “Do you agree that any legal claim of Guatemala against Belize relating to land and insular territories and to any maritime areas pertaining to these territories should be submitted to the International Court of Justice for final settlement and that it determine finally the boundaries of the respective territories and areas of the parties?”

The group, under the leadership of Mr Ingraham, is composed of 10 specialists from across the Commonwealth with backgrounds in election management, law, gender, civil society, media, and politics.

Both the Group and the Commonwealth Secretariat have taken note of the ruling by Belize’s Chief Justice on April 3, granting a temporary injunction until the Supreme Court further deliberates on the matter, and also notes the appeal lodged by the Government to the Court of Appeal.

The Group will meet a range of stakeholders in this context, including senior politicians, NGOs, trade unions, representatives from the private sector, the Referendum Commission, the Referendum Unit and other observers.

The Observer Group is supported by a four-person Secretariat Support Team led by Martin Kasirye.

• Read Sir Ronald Sander’s column in Monday’s Tribune for a background to this referendum.

Comments

Chucky 8 months, 1 week ago

The Group will meet a range of stakeholders in this context, including senior politicians, NGOs, trade unions, representatives from the private sector, the Referendum Commission, the Referendum Unit and other observers.

does anyone notice how wrong and missguided this is. why should any of these "stakeholders" be considered staleholders at all.
As poorly as our democracys work, those elected are the only ligetimate voices along with the citizenry of course. Allowing unelected groups to weigh in is the ultimate subversion of democracy.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 8 months, 1 week ago

An astute observation. I'm sure Bahamian taxpayers will one way or another get stuck paying a big bill for Ingraham's lavish sojourn to Belize to advise on matters that are none of his business or our business. Minnis and Turnquest will soon be coming to us cup in hand with more excuses why VAT needs to be increased a third time.

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screwedbahamian 8 months, 1 week ago

Maybe the Commonwealth Secretariat should have been present in our Bahamas in 2011 when PAPA ( DOC ) INGRAHAM took away the NIB pensions benefits from many deserving senior citizens and Loss the next election by a major tsunami result. Hope the country of Belize do not have senior citizens.

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TalRussell 8 months, 1 week ago

Yes, yes it is we Colony of Out Islands comrade prime minister\ seems be doing he "fisherman'"s thing in just fine in retirement, yes, no?

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