Bribery


Bribery and Corruption in Belize 7

Produced by the Belize Development Trust We have over the years at the Belize Development Trust and long before it existed, received complaints of cases, of both political and civil service bribery in Belize. Probably the most common has been complaints with the national political police. It is not that common, but periodically in certain locations from Dangriga, to Corozal to Caye Caulker we do get these complaints. More common are the complaints by foreigners, who are immigrating to Belize, or starting a business in Belize and that sort of thing, on a relatively small scale. Usually under a million […]


ELECTORAL BRIBERY: Does it EXIST and are the existing laws NOT BEING ENFORCED?

Section 32 of the Representation of People’s Act, Chapter 9 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, R.E. 2003, states: “Every person who, DIRECTLY or INDIRECTLY by HIMSELF or by ANY OTHER PERSON on his behalf, GIVES, LENDS or AGREES to GIVE or LEND, or OFFERS, PROMISES, or PROMISES TO PROCURE or to ENDEAVOUR TO PROCURE, any MONEY or VALUABLE CONSIDERATION to or for ANY VOTER, or to or for any person on behalf of any voter, or to or for any other person, IN ORDER TO INDUCE any VOTER TO VOTE or REFRAIN from VOTING, or CORRUPTLY does any such […]


Unscrupulous political affairs

PUP 1989 to 1993 and from 1998 to 2008. UDP 1983, 1998 and 2008 – now. How do you define corruption? Corruption is operationally defined as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. Corruption and “against the rule” corruption Facilitation payments, where a bribe is paid to receive preferential treatment for something that the bribe receiver is required to do by law, constitute the former. The latter, on the other hand, is a bribe paid to obtain services the bribe receiver is prohibited from providing. What is “transparency”? “Transparency” can be defined as a principle that allows those affected […]