Belizean territorial dispute referendum 2019 Voting Live

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Belizean territorial dispute referendum 2019 Voting Live

Belizean territorial dispute referendum 2019 Voting Live

Belizean territorial dispute referendum 2019 Date: 8 May 2019 

Elections in Belize are the duly held elections held at various levels of government in the nation of Belize.

referendum on the territorial dispute with Guatemala will be held in Belize on 8 May 2019. The vote had originally been scheduled for 10 April but was delayed by a legal challenge.


About Belizean Referendum

If this referendum passes, the territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala will be settled through the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The same referendum passed in Guatemala in April 2018. For the referendum to have force, both countries must agree to abide by the judgment of the ICJ. More information on the referendum can be found here.


The Purpose & Planning of Belize

The purpose of the referendum is to ask voters whether the Belizean and Guatemalan governments should request the International Court of Justice to finally resolve the Belizean–Guatemalan territorial dispute, as part of a commitment signed in December 2008 between the two countries. Guatemala held a referendum on the subject 15 April 2018, and as established in the previous agreements, Belize was required to organise a referendum within six months. Guatemalan Vice President Jafeth Cabrera stated that Belize would hold a referendum in May 2018, but the Belizean government released a statement denying this, stating rather that they would hold the referendum after the re-registration process has occurred to ensure an accurate and fair vote.


Belize election results 2019

Choice Votes %
Yes 53,388 55.37
No 43,029 44.63
Invalid/blank 702
Total 97,119 100
Registered voters/turnout 148,500 65.40

Belize past election results 

Parties Votes % Seats
United Democratic Party 64,976 50.37 17
People's United Party 61,329 47.54 14
People's National Party 828 0.64
Independents 822 0.64
Vision Inspired by the People 382 0.30
Total valid votes 128,999 100.00 31
Invalid votes 1,259  
Total votes cast (turnout 73.16%) 130,258
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