Requirements for Being a Member of of the H.O.R. in Belize


Here is an excerpt from the Constitution of Belize regarding becoming a member of the House of Representatives.

Chapter 4 of the Laws of Belize - THE CONSTITUTION OF BELIZE
PART VI
The Legislature

57. Subject to the provisions of section 58 of this Constitution, a person shall be qualified to be elected as a member of the House of Representatives if, and shall not be qualified to be so elected unless, he-

(a) is a citizen of Belize of the age of eighteen years or upwards; and

(b) has resided in Belize for a period of at least one year immediately before the date of his nomination for election.

58.-(l) No person shall be qualified to be elected as a member of the House of Representatives who-

(a) is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or State;

(b) is an undischarged bankrupt, having been adjudged or otherwise declared bankrupt under any law in force in any part of the Commonwealth;

(c) is a person certified to be insane or otherwise adjudged to be of unsound mind under any law;

(d) is under sentence of death imposed on him by a court in any part of the Commonwealth or is serving a sentence of imprisonment (by whatever name called) exceeding twelve months imposed on him by such a court or substituted by competent authority for some other sentence imposed on him by such a court, or is under such a sentence of imprisonment the execution of which has been suspended;


(e) is disqualified for membership of the House of Representatives by any law by reason of his holding, or acting in, any office the functions of which involve-

(i) any responsibility for, or in connection with, the con- duct of any election, or

(ii) any responsibility for the compilation or revision of any electoral register;

(f) is disqualified for membership of the House of Representatives by virtue of any law by reason of his having been convicted of any offence relating to elections;

(g) is disqualified for membership of the House of Representatives under any law by virtue of-

(i) his holding or acting in any office or appointment specified (either individually or by reference to a class of office or appointment) by such law;

(ii) his belonging to any of the armed forces of Belize or to any class of person that is comprised in any such force; or
(iii) his belonging to any police force or to any class of persons that is comprised in any such force; or

(h) is a party to, or a partner in a firm or a director or manager of a company which is a party to, any contract with the government for or on account of the public service and has not, within one month before the day of election, declared publicly and in a newspaper circulating in the electoral division for which he is a candidate a notice setting out the nature of the contract and his interest, or the interest of any such firm or company therein:

Provided that if it appears to the Governor-General, acting in his own
deliberate judgment, that it is proper so to do, he may by order direct that any such disqualification shall be disregarded for the purposes of this section, but no such order shall be made if proceedings have been commenced calling in question the right of that member to be a member of the House of Representatives on the ground that he is disqualified under this paragraph.

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