Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has re-deployed a Commonwealth Observer Group to observe the referendum in Belize. The referendum was originally scheduled for 10 April, but subsequently postponed to 8 May 2019.
The proposed referendum question is: "Do you agree that any legal claim of Guatemala against Belize relating to land and insular territories and to any maritime areas pertaining to these territories should be submitted to the International Court of Justice for final settlement and that it determine finally the boundaries of the respective territories and areas of the Parties?"
The Observer Group is led by Hubert A Ingraham, former Prime Minister of The Bahamas, and is composed of specialists from across the Commonwealth with backgrounds in election management, law, gender, civil society, media, politics and academia.
The Group will meet a range of stakeholders including political leaders and the Supervisor of Elections.
More information from:
Adviser and Head Electoral Support Section
Governance and Peace Directorate
Tel: +44 7850 298 928 or +501 6390374