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Belize

Belize

334,297 4

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

178,054 79.31%

Registered Voters (as of March 1, 2012)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Queen Queen Head of State
Senate Upper House
Prime Minister Prime Minister Head of Government
House of Representatives Lower House

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Dean BARROW **
  • Assembly: Belize has a bicameral National Assembly consisting of the Senate with 12 seats and the House of Representatives with 31 seats.

* Queen ELIZABETH II is represented by Governor General Sir Colville YOUNG, Sr.

** The position of the governor general is appointed by the monarch.The governor general appoints the prime minister after legislative elections, typically selecting the leader of the majority party for the position.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen is hereditary N/A.
  • Prime Minister is appointed by the governor-general.
  • In the Senate 12 members are appointed by the governor-general to serve 5-year terms. In the House of Representatives 31 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.
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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
House of Representatives 1998-08-27 84,876 94,173 90.13%
House of Representatives 2003-03-05 100,340 126,261 79.47%
House of Representatives 2008-02-07 116,943 156,993 74.49%
House of Representatives 2012-03-07 130,258 178,054 73.16%

Voter Turnout