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Area: 22,965 sq km (8,867 sq miles) | Population: 312,900 (UN, 2010)
Capital City: Belmopan
 
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Overview of Electoral System
Here, we provide an overview of the electoral system in the country. Additional information may be found in the Country Browser.
Head of State Inherited monarchy with a Governor General appointed by the British Monarch
Head of Government Prime Minister is appointed by the Governor General
Structure of Parliament Bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 12 seats and the House of Representatives with 31 seats.
Electoral Law 29 March 1978; Last amendment: 7/7/1998
Constituencies 31 single-member constituencies
Voting System In the Senate 12 members are appointed by the governor-general to serve a 5-year term. In House of Representatives 31 members are elected by direct popular vote to serve a 5-year term. The Speaker may be designated from outside parliament and becomes a member of parliament by virtue of holding the office of Speaker.
Term of Office 5 years
Voter Requirements - age: 18 years
- Belize or British Commonwealth citizens who are domiciled or have resided in the country for at least one year immediately before polling day.
- disqualifications: insanity, undischarged bankruptcy, electoral fraud, sentence to death or imprisonment exceeding one year
Candidate Eligibility and Requirements Qualified electors
- age: 18 years
- Belize citizenship
- residence in the country for at least one year immediately prior to nomination.
- ineligibility: allegiance to a foreign State
Electoral Authority Elections and Boundaries Department - Elections and Boundaries Commission
Last Elections 4 November 2015
Next Elections November 2020
Political Parties
Here, we provide information on active political parties. A more comprehensive list of political parties may be found in our Knowledge Centre.
Party Political Leader
Belize Progressive Party or BPP Patrick ROGERS]
People's United Party or PUP Francis FONSECA]
United Democratic Party or UDP Dean BARROW
Past Elections
Here, we provide links to results of past elections. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and encourage you to assist us in filling any observed gaps. Notify us if you think a resource listed here has become deceptive or unfactual.
Year Specific Date Election Type View Results Source
1998 27 August 1998 Parliamentary View results IFES Election Guide
2003 5 March 2003 Parliamentary View results IFES Election Guide
2008 7 February 2008 Parliamentary View results IFES Election Guide
2012 7 March 2012 Parliamentary View results IFES Election Guide
Election Reports
Here, we provide official reports of past elections and reports from election observation missions. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and encourage you to suggest other resources you think we should list here. You may also view our collection of Election Observer Reports in our Reading Room.
Year Report Download
2012 Report of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission for the General and Municipal Elections in Belize, March 7, 2012 Download
2008 Report of the Commonwealth Expert Team for the Belize General Election, 7 February 2008 Download
Party Manifestos
Here, we provide party manifestos from previous elections. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and encourage you to suggest other resources you think we should list here. You may also view our collection of manifestos in our Reading Room.
PEOPLE'S UNITED PARTY (PUP)
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PUP 2015 Manifesto
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PUP 2012 Manifesto
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PUP 2008 Manifesto
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UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY (UDP)
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UDP 2015 Manifesto
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UDP 2012 Manifesto
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UDP 2008 Manifesto
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