Copy ofNinth Amendment Bill to the Belize Constitution
The EIGHTH AMENDMENT
Consultations and Objections to October 19, 2011
1.Politicaland sometimes confrontational consultationscountrywide with attendanceranging from 600 to 1000in Belmopan,Belize City andeach District Town with theexception of San Pedro Ambergris Caye—Totaling approximately 7, 000 persons2.
Those who presented objections:
The Bar Association, Chamber of Commerce, The National Teachers’ Union, APAMO, COLA, Belizeansfor Justice3.The Council of Churches withdrewits objectionsafter meeting with the Prime Minister and getting some assurances satisfactory to them. The Organizations above continued toobject even after these assurances to the Council of Churches.4.Friends of Belizesubmittedapproximately 21,000 signatures to the Governor General of Electorsrequesting a Referendum on theNinth Amendment5.KREM’s Two Cents Cam on October 18, 2011—8 out of 10 persons want a Referendum
House Meeting held October 21, 2011
All 24 members of the UDP, 1 Relegated member of the UDP (Hon. MarcelCardona), 3 members of the Opposition (Rt. Hon Said Musa, Hon Francis Fonseca(Leader Designate), Hon Florencio)2.
Hon John Briceno, Hon Mark Espat, Hon Cordel Hyde—noexcusegiven to the People of Belize3.
Those who voted for the Ninth:
All 24 UDP Members of the House4.
Those who voted Against the Ninth:
All 3 PUP Members of the House5.
Those who Abstained:
Hon Marcel Cardona who has been relegated by the UDP totheside with the Opposition6.The Bill went through
readings in one Housesitting—it was
through7.TheBill now goesto the Senate on Monday,
October 24, 2011
for approval before beingsigned into law by the Governor General8.Please NOTE the Ninth Amendment Bill is nowrenamed asthe
Eighth Amendment Bill
whichwill go to the Senate