House of Representatives (Belize)
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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
The elected representatives and their constituencies according to the Elections and Boundaries Department are:
- Caribbean Shores: Kareem Musa (PUP)
- Freetown: Francis W. Fonseca (PUP),
- Pickstock: Wilfred "Sedi" Elrington (UDP)
- Fort George: Said Musa (PUP)
- Lake Independence: Cordel Hyde (PUP)
- Albert: Tracy Ann Panton (UDP)
- Collet: Patrick Jason Faber (UDP) "Deputy Prime Minister"
- Mesopotamia: Michael Finnegan (UDP)
- Queen's Square: Dean Barrow (UDP), Prime Minister
- Port Loyola: Anthony "Boots" Martinez (UDP)
- Belize Rural North: Edmond Castro (UDP)
- Belize Rural South: Jose Manuel "Junior" Heredia (UDP)
- Belize Rural Central: Beverly Castillo (UDP)
- Orange Walk North: Gaspar "Gapi" Vega (UDP)
- Orange Walk Central: Juan "Johnny" Antonio Briceño (PUP) Leader of the Opposition
- Orange Walk East: Elodio Aragon Jr. (UDP)
- Orange Walk South: Jose Abelardo Mai (PUP)
- Cayo North: Omar Figueroa (UDP)
- Cayo South: Julius Espat (PUP)
- Cayo West: Erwin Rafael Contreras (UDP)
- Cayo Central: Rene Montero (UDP)
- Cayo North East: Orlando Habet (PUP)
- Belmopan: John B. Saldivar (UDP)
- Corozal North: Hugo Amilcar Patt (UDP)
- Corozal South West: Angel Campos (UDP)
- Corozal Bay: Pablo Marin (UDP)
- Corozal South East: Florencio Julian Marin (PUP)
According to Section 84 of the Constitution of Belize, the National Assembly must be dissolved "five years from the date when the two Houses of the former National Assembly first met" unless dissolved sooner by the Governor-General of Belize upon the advice of the prime minister. and the election held within three months of the dissolution. The current parliament first met on Friday 13 November 2015, so the next election must be held no later than 13 February 2021.
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The most recent general election to the House of Representatives, held on 4 November 2015, was the 15th since 1954 when universal literate adult suffrage was introduced, and the 8th since independence from the United Kingdom in 1981. The United Democratic Party led by Dean Barrow increased its majority from 17 seats to 19 seats. While the People's United Party won 12 seats.
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