House of Representatives (Belize)

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House of Representatives
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Type
Type
Leadership
Speaker
Michael Peyrefitte
since March 21, 2012
Dean BarrowUDP
since February 8, 2008
Francis FonsecaPUP
since November 3, 2011
Structure
Seats 31
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Political groups
Meeting place
National Assembly Building of Belize
Independence Hill
Belmopan
Belize
Website
http://www.governmentofbelize.gov.bz
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The House of Representatives of Belize is one of two chambers of the National Assembly, the other being the Senate. It was created under the 1981 constitution. Members are commonly called "Area Representatives."

Area Representatives are elected by winning a majority of votes in their respective constituencies under the first-past-the-post system. The body is directly descended from the British Honduras Legislative Assembly created in 1954 with nine elected members. It has been expanded several times since: to 18 in 1961, 28 in 1984, 29 in 1993 and finally to 31 in 2008. The leader of the majority party in the Belize House typically becomes Prime Minister of Belize.

Current members of the House of Representatives by district[edit]

The elected representatives and their constituencies according to the Elections and Boundaries Department are:[1]

Belize District
Orange Walk District
Cayo District
Corozal District
Stann Creek District
Toledo District

Latest election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 7 March 2012 Belizean House of Representatives election results
Parties Votes % Seats
United Democratic Party 64,976 50.37 17
People's United Party 61,329 47.54 14
People's National Party 828 0.64
Independents 822 0.64
Vision Inspired by the People 382 0.30
Total valid votes 128,999 100.00 31
Invalid votes 1,259
Total votes cast (turnout 73.16%) 130,258
Registered voters 178,054

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ General Elections 2012, Elections and Boundaries Department, 7 March 2012.

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