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The Senate currently consists of 12 Senators plus the President of the Senate. The Senators are appointed by the Governor General as follows: six on the advice of the Prime Minister, three on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition, one member on the advice of the Belize Council of Churches and the Evangelical Association of Churches, one on the advice of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Belize Business Bureau and one on the advice of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize and the Civil Society Steering Committee.

The President of the Senate is then selected by the 12 Senators, either from amongst themselves or from the general populace. The President presides over the sessions of the Senate but ordinarily has no voice nor vote in the proceedings (as would an appointed Senator), except in the cases of the passing of bills (legislation) where he/she has a casting vote. Where the President is selected from amongst the twelve, the powers of Senator and President of the Senate are vested in this one person. Otherwise, the President has no powers as would ordinarily be vested in a Senator. Over the past few years, there has been much debate over whether the members of the Senate should be appointed or elected. This discussion continues as Belizeans continue to weigh the pros and cons of an elected versus appointed senate.

Members of the Senate
Members Name Post
Hon. Marco Pech President
Ms. Juliet Thimbriel Vice President
Mr. Gerardo Marconi Sosa United Democratic Party (UDP)
Hon. Joy Grant Government Senator and Minister of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities
Mr. Godwin Hulse Leader of Government Business and Minister of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development and National Emergency Management
Mr. Markhelm Jude Lizarraga United Democratic Party (UDP)
Ms. Collet Emmanuel Montejo People's United Party (PUP)
Ms. Lisa Shoman People's United Party (PUP)
Mr. Karen Marie Bodden People's United Party (PUP)
Hon. Charles Gibson Government Senator and Minister of Public Service and Elections and Boundaries
Hon. Lisel Alamilla Government Senator and Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development
Reverend Father Noel Leslie Belize Council of Churches and Evangelical Association of Churches
Mr. Ray Lincoln Davis National Trade Union Congress and the Civil Society Steering Committee
source: http://www.nationalassembly.gov.bz
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