Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Belize Referendum Act Amendment #519399
11/30/16 04:21 AM
11/30/16 04:21 AM
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 610
Mike Campbell Offline OP
Mike Campbell  Offline OP
This Belize Referendum Act Amendment issue raises many questions that need some explanation, considering I am a layperson. Simply, how did our initial constitution not provide for public referendum on matters including constitutional changes as would be normal?
If our original constitution had such provisions, how did we, the people, loose those rights or have them modified without our express permission, ESPECIALLY over the constitution that we all must live by?
If we once had those rights I would assume we, the people, would have to agree, by referendum, to give up that power, which never happened as we all know. If this is all the case, would not every single amendment since that time be unconstitutional and as such would have to be struck down?
Could we not wipe the slate clean as it were and reclaim our rights as citizens of Belize?
We could make a new people's government using public referendums as our tool against crooked politicians making necessary adjustments to the constitution and laws and right our wrongs on all levels, but that is why the system has been rigged, to prevent that very thing from happening.

Re: Belize Referendum Act Amendment [Re: Mike Campbell] #519411
11/30/16 11:56 AM
11/30/16 11:56 AM
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 610
Mike Campbell Offline OP
Mike Campbell  Offline OP
There was never a provision in the Constitution for referendum. The PUP passed the Referendum Act in 1999. In 2008 the UDP amended the Act to require a 60% voter turnout to have validity. They are now seeking to amend again to 50% +1 voter turnout requirement. The Vellos case as decided by the Privy Council held that referendums were not binding on the legislature.
Belize needs a more user friendly and binding Referendum Act so the people themselves can be heard. This is part of the evolution of democracy.

Re: Belize Referendum Act Amendment [Re: Mike Campbell] #519413
11/30/16 11:54 PM
11/30/16 11:54 PM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 13,473
San Pedro Belize
elbert Offline
elbert  Offline
A vote of no confidence could more easily be brought by the Opposition leader?
Is that where this is going?

White Sands Dive Shop

Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
Maruba Beach Klub and Spa is the premiere Secret Beach spa and restaurant located on the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea at the center of Secret Beach, Belize
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler

Things to do
Specials & Events
SPTB Calendar of Events

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
To Get Your Questions Answered

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
Cayo Event Calendar

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Belize Happy Adventures
Conch Creative
Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We handle all aspects of the purchase of your Real Estate in Belize. From in depth property searches to your final closing.
Click for Ian Anderson's Caves Branch, Welcome to a World of Adventure
Lil Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
ShoutChat Box
Who's Online Now
1 registered members (Marty), 77 guests, and 0 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Most Online7,413
Nov 7th, 2021 HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1