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Re: Prime Minister to meet SPBA tomorrow [Re: reaper] #256880
11/16/07 02:34 AM
11/16/07 02:34 AM
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Belize City, Belize
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Belize is politically divided into 6 districts:

Capital: Belize City
Other Towns/Villages: Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Turneffe Islands, Lighthouse Reef, Glover's Reef, St. George's Caye, Caye Chapel, Goff's Caye, English Caye, Burrell Boom, Ladyville, Crooked Tree, Sand Hill, Maskall, Hattieville.

Capital: San Ignacio
Other Cities/Towns/Villages: Belmopan (Nat'l Capital), Benque Viejo del Carmen, Spanish Lookout, Central Farm, Roaring Creek.

Capital: Corozal
Other Towns/Villages: Buena Vista, Libertad, Ranchito, Consejo, Sarteneja, Little Belize, Progresso, Santa Elena, Xaibe, Chunox.

Orange Walk
Capital: Orange Walk
Other Towns/Villages: Trial Farm, San Pablo, San Jose, San Estevan, Carmelita, Chan Pine Ridge, Guinea Grass, Shipyard, Yo Creek, Hill Bank, Gallon Jug.

Stann Creek
Capital: Dangriga
Other Towns/Villages: Hopkins, Pomona, Placencia, Seine Beight, Independence, Mango Creek, Melinda, Sitte River, Silk Grass, Riversdale, Big Creek, Tobacco Caye, South Water Caye, Laughing Bird Caye.

Capital: Punta Gorda
Other Towns/Villages: Barranco, Otoxha, San Benito Poite, San Pedro Colombia, San Antonio, Monkey River, Jacinto, Jalacte, Sapodilla Cayes, Silk Cayes.

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Re: Prime Minister to meet SPBA tomorrow [Re: joey-jo] #256881
11/16/07 02:42 AM
11/16/07 02:42 AM
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Belize City, Belize
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Belize's 6 districts are further divided into 31 constituencies. Each constituency sends one representative to Belize's House of Representatives to 5-year terms.

This election is known as the General Election. Each person (who is eligible to vote) votes for the candidate they would want to represent their constituency in Central Government.

Each political party nominates a candidate, or Standard Bearer, for each constituency. The winner becomes the Area Representative of the constituency, while the loser remains the Standard Bearer of that constituency for his/her political party.

Belize's Constituencies by District


Belize Rural Central
Belize Rural North
Belize Rural South^^
Caribbean Shores*
Fort George*
Lake Independence*
Port Loyola*
Queen's Square*

* All of these are completely within the jurisdiction of Belize City

^^ Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and all the cayes of the Belize District make up the Belize Rural South Constituency. Ambergris Caye is geographically closer to the Corozal District than mainland Belize District


Cayo Central
Cayo North
Cayo North East
Cayo South
Cayo West


Corozal Bay
Corozal North
Corozal South East
Corozal South West

Orange Walk

Orange Walk Central**
Orange Walk East^
Orange Walk North^
Orange Walk South

** Is made up of downtown Orange Walk

^ Made up of a part of Orange Walk Town and surrounding villages

Stann Creek

Stann Creek West


Toledo East
Toledo West

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Re: Prime Minister to meet SPBA tomorrow [Re: DB] #256882
11/16/07 03:02 AM
11/16/07 03:02 AM
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Belize City, Belize
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Originally Posted by DB
For anyone who attended the meeting....

Curious as to the part of the agenda on AC/SP as a seperate district and what was discussed. Any specifics on the status and what it might mean to SP in real terms.

Curious on this as well. Would this be Ambergris Caye only or all the cayes in the Belize Rural South Constituency?

This would be interesting. Districts in Belize, per se, have no autonomy. No Governor, no District Government. After Central Government, we have City/Town/Village Councils. So in that aspect nothing would change.

What may change would be how many Representatives to the House of Representatives this area would send, as each constituency sends a representative. Each district is divided into constituencies based on voting population. The least amount are in Stann Creek and Toledo: 2. So one would think that the new district would have at least 2 representatives (as opposed to the one which we are currently sending).

BUT, during the last re-districting (which was more like a re-constituencing, if that is a word, since the constituency boundaries and not the district boundaries were redrawn in some cases) in 2005, they saw the need to expand Cayo from 4 to 6 constituencies, since the object is to have as equal a number of voting persons in each constituency. Never was the splitting of the Belize Rural South Constituency brought up (as far as I can recall). So, maybe this area would not have a high enough voting population to have 2 constituencies. Belize Rural South (as per 2007 estimates) has a voting population of 4,977 and that ranks us 14 out of 31 nationwide. The least populated is Albert at 3,059. So half of 4,977 is way too little to keep voting populations as even as possible throughout all constituencies (as per the Belizean Constitution).

As to the money generated by the different districts, no matter if Ambergris Caye becomes Belize's 7th District, funds would still be forwarded to Belmopan. As is, San Pedro doesn't send funds to the Belize District Capital of Belize City. Was the same when Orange Walk brought in the most money nationwide, most went to Belmopan/Central Government.

So the most effect this could have, is that the Cayes send 2 representative to Central Government, which could bring much more funds to us. But realistically (like I showed) this area may only have enough voters for one constituency anyway. So, it all could just be for formality reasons.

Last edited by joey-jo; 11/16/07 03:04 AM. Reason: Editing spelling errors

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Re: Prime Minister to meet SPBA tomorrow [Re: joey-jo] #256883
11/16/07 03:06 AM
11/16/07 03:06 AM
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Belize City, Belize
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Re: Prime Minister to meet SPBA tomorrow [Re: joey-jo] #256889
11/16/07 09:07 AM
11/16/07 09:07 AM
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Beautiful San Marcos, Texas
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Thank you, Joey-Joe. Very interesting.

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Re: Prime Minister to meet SPBA tomorrow [Re: joey-jo] #256893
11/16/07 09:42 AM
11/16/07 09:42 AM
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San Pedro Belize
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Wow ! Great Info Joey-jo.
You should work for government.

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Re: Prime Minister to meet SPBA tomorrow [Re: elbert] #257027
11/17/07 10:45 AM
11/17/07 10:45 AM
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Yes, thanks for the info Joey-Joe.

Guess the question worth begging is - will more representation equal a greater share of the wealth (or rather keeping more of ot where it was generated). Likely not. Maybe best case an additional voice speaking on behalf of AC in central govt.

For whoever can clarify....
How does Belmopan decide how much of what tax revenues generated in the districts get reallocated back to the same districts?


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