(CMR) COVID-19 positive voters will not be allowed to vote in Belize's upcoming general elections says Prime Minister Dean Barrow.
The country will hold its general elections on November 11 with Barrow stepping away from representational politics.
“It can’t be permitted. If you are COVID positive, you are supposed to be in quarantine either at a government facility or at your own home. There’s no way we can get around that restriction, which is a legal one, a mandatory one,” Barrow said.
“And If we were to try to change the law to make arrangements to accommodate COVID positive persons who wish to vote, not only would it be I think, an extremely difficult logistical exercise, I suspect that the fears of those that are not positive, but who already have reservations or perhaps in two minds of whether they will exercise their franchise, those fears would become even more pronounced,” he added.
The main opposition People’s United Party (PUP) says it does not support the government's decision to ban COIVID-19 patients from the political process.