Belize impeding citizens with COVID-19 to vote in general elections

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Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that anyone infected with COVID-19, or quarantined due to the disease, will not be allowed to vote in the November 11th general elections.

“It cannot be allowed. If someone is tested positive for COVID-19, they are supposed to be quarantined, either at a government office or at their residence,” Barrow said. “I don’t see any way to try to get those infected to vote. How can we verify that? It’s absurd,” he emphasized.

Barrow’s decision contrasts with the Elections & Boundaries Department’s previous decision that anyone who went to the polls could vote. “There’s no way anyone can move around under that restriction, which is legal and mandatory in order to group infected people who want to vote. It will be very difficult for them to carry that out because of the fear of those who are not infected,” he said.

Meanwhile, several lawyers have expressed that the Quarantine Act also prevents people infected with the virus from voting. “Now I understand the argument about constitutional rights, but remember: these rights are not absolute,” Barrow said. “You can override constitutional rights for some emergency situation, and that is why Belizeans can leave the country and return,” he added.

Source: Prensa Libre

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