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Belize government rejects 8000 anti-drilling signatures due to penmanship

Belize government rejects 8000 anti-drilling signatures due to penmanship

Belize Government Rejects 8,000 Anti-drilling Signatures Posted Fri, Feb 3, 2012 by Emily Fisher to audrey matura-shepherd , belize , marine life , offshore drilling Last year, our colleagues in Belize traversed the small Caribbean nation to gather more than 20,000 signatures on a petition against offshore oil drilling off Belize’s coast and beautiful protected areas. They discovered that almost everyone they spoke to was against allowing oil rigs to invade Belize’s crystal blue waters. According to Belizean law, those signatures should be sufficient to trigger a national referendum on the issue. But this week, the government threw a wrench in the works by rejecting more than 8,000 of the signatures. According to Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai, the signatures were turned down primarily because of poor penmanship. Oceana’s Vice President for Belize, Audrey Matura-S...

Full article: http://oceana.org/en/blog/2012/02/belize-government-rejec...

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