Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission

The Belize Elections and Boundaries Commissision is the primary electoral body in Belize. It supervises all local and national elections. The Commission also establishes the boundaries of Belize's electoral divisions.

Formation and duties

The EBC was formed in 1978 to oversee Belizean elections according to the Representation of the People Act. This Act became part of the Belize Constitution in 1981. The EBC maintains a database of Belizean voters and periodicially informs the nation on the state of the voter's list. It also occasionally makes proposals to revise boundaries in order to maintain near equality in voting divisions. There are currently 31 electoral divisions in Belize.

The EBC has a chairman and four other persons on its board. The Chairman and two members are appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister after consultation with the leader of the Opposition; the remaining members are appointed similarly, with the concurrence of the Leader of the Opposition.

Delegation of duties

According to the Belize Constitution, the EBC can (and does) delegate its responsibilities to the Chief Elections Officer (not a member of the commission) who is officially in charge of voter registration, conduct of elections, and voter education.

Members of the EBC

See also

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