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Screen_Shot_2018-01-03_at_7.44.02_PMIf you have been keeping up to date with international news, you may be aware that a couple of months ago, Guatemala established an official date for the hosting of its referendum, where millions of Guatemalans are expected to visit the polls and cast their votes in relation to the long-standing territorial and maritime dispute between Belize and Guatemala.

 

At the referendum, they will decide whether the matter is to be taken to the International Court of Justice as a form of last resort.


With the date scheduled for April 15th, 2018, reports coming from Guatemalan media, Prensa Libre, indicates that Guatemalan citizens are left with only a few more days to update their current data or to register for the upcoming referendum. Deputy Magistrate of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Ana Elly Lopez, underlined that while individuals who have voted in the general elections back in 2015 can participate in the referendum, the deadline on January 14th is specifically for the youth who have just turned 18 as well as for citizens who have changed address and wish to update their information. This will allow residents access to a polling station that is of closer proximity to them.


It is anticipated that the TSE will now commence its massive information campaign for new voter registration as well as for the extension of invitations to vote. According to Lopez, the information campaign will be observed in traditional media, however, special emphasis will be placed on social media so as to reach out to the youth.

Belize is yet to announce a date for the hosting of its referendum.

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