Yesterday the People’s United Party came out in full force against the Elections and Boundaries Department for alleged wrongdoing as it relates to the authorization of electoral proxies. The PUP made damning allegations that the Chief Elections Officer instructed the sitting registering officer in Cayo to sign 100 blank proxy forms for UDP chairman Alberto August on her behalf. In a letter that was copied to the media, Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai denied those allegations saying it was political misinformation and grouse hyperbole. Late yesterday evening, another letter from the PUP’s office, also addressed to the Chief Elections Officer, was released to the media. In this one, the PUP Secretary General Myrtle Palacio wrote to the CEO of the Elections and boundaries Department threatening to take legal action should they be denied their previous request to inspect the entries in the Proxy Register by October 30th, that’s today; daily on Monday and at the time of final entry on Tuesday November 3rd. In their letter dated October 28th they said that they were,
“puzzled at your one line response in your email dated October 28, 2015 in response to our letter dated October 27, 2015. While we appreciate that you make daily entries in the Proxy Register, the response you gave is no excuse to deny us as stakeholders access to this Proxy Register that should be made public.”
Late yesterday night, at around 9 pm, as if to say that is not what I said, the Elections and boundaries office released that same said letter in which the CEO Tamai wrote and we quote
“Despite the ongoing process for the preparation of the Proxy Register and in order to ensure transparency, a representative of the People’s United Party is granted permission to inspect the incomplete Proxy Register.”
In the letter, Tamai said that a representative of the PUP can visit the main office in Belize City starting on Monday from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm to inspect the incomplete proxy register under the supervision of an assigned Election and Boundaries staff member. Tamai warned though that at no time will the representative be allowed to photograph, remove or attempt to remove or destroy any documents from the Elections and boundaries. It ended by reiterating that the Proxy Register is not finalized and will not be finalized until final checks are made after the last proxy form is entered.