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#415036 - 08/29/11 01:39 PM Can residents vote?
BrusselSprout Offline
This may be answered else where in this forum...but I started looking and it was a ton to read. I have been a resident for a year and a half. Can I vote for the next mayor? Dying to know! thx.

#415040 - 08/29/11 01:55 PM Re: Can residents vote? [Re: BrusselSprout]
Amanda Syme Offline
Hmm I know that commonwealth citizens can vote in municipal elections - folks from Australia, South Africa, Canada, UK etc.

Good question. I look forward to hearing the answer.

#415062 - 08/29/11 04:43 PM Re: Can residents vote? [Re: BrusselSprout]
ragman Offline
It took me a few minutes to find this but when I was looking into residency I remember some one telling me this or maybe I read it. I believe you can vote in the local election. It would be easy to go down the the town hall and inquire and register which is just what I would do.


"Official Permanent Residency

Pros: Full residency rights (except voting in national elections -- you can vote in local elections), can work, open to anyone regardless of age, tax-free entry of household effects."
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#415123 - 08/30/11 10:00 AM Re: Can residents vote? [Re: ragman]
SnoopysMom Offline
Great to know, Jim! Curious if anyone has a figure for the number of residents on AC....

#415132 - 08/30/11 11:25 AM Re: Can residents vote? [Re: SnoopysMom]
BrusselSprout Offline
I made it easy on myself and just called the Elections Board. Residents from Commonwealth countries can vote, otherwise you need to have been naturalized. Lowly Americans get nothing. Oh well...

#415145 - 08/30/11 02:47 PM Re: Can residents vote? [Re: BrusselSprout]
ragman Offline
Thanks for getting back to us on that point. If I think of it I will look into this a little closer this winter. I wonder if that is the local interpretation of the law or is that the way it is in all of Belize because I've never heard or read of that distinction.

Not saying one way or another, could very well be, but interesting.

Belize(CN member) Commonwealth citizens who are domiciled or have resided in the country for at least one year immediately before polling day are qualified as electors, but not for eligibility to the House of Representatives, which requires Belize citizenship.[16]
16 ^ "Belize". Inter-Parliamentary Union. Retrieved 2007-12-12.

This says nothing about Non CN Permanent Residents which I would think means that they will not have the right to vote.

This may have the answer: Belize Law Village Councils (local elections I would think) Chapter 88 Part VI (Powers and Duties of Village Concils) Sec. 35 (b) to provide for the qualifications and registraion of electors.

From what I can make out it is up to the Village to vote and decide who can be an elector and then submitt this to the government. Everything in () is mine as an explaination. The law site would not allow me to copy and paste. Therefore non Commonwealth residents probably can not vote in local elections in San Pedro if the information BrusselSpout received is correct.

Edited by ragman (08/30/11 04:23 PM)
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#415239 - 08/31/11 10:23 PM Re: Can residents vote? [Re: BrusselSprout]
BrusselSprout Offline
I'll call the Belize City office tomorrow and see what I get. I would really love to vote.

#415243 - 08/31/11 11:39 PM Re: Can residents vote? [Re: BrusselSprout]
Tracker Offline
I called a contact in Belmopan, can't say who. and was told that residents are not allowed to vote in national or town council elections, they are allowed to vote in village council elections. I forgot to ask if this applied to residents from the commonwealth.
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#415247 - 09/01/11 06:36 AM Re: Can residents vote? [Re: BrusselSprout]
TravelinMan1 Offline
Commonwealth citizens who are residents of Belize CAN vote in all elections here.

#415267 - 09/01/11 09:22 AM Re: Can residents vote? [Re: BrusselSprout]
SnoopysMom Offline
Voting in Belize can also be quite profitable I understand (plus you also get T shirts and free beer) LOL

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