Candidates

Cannabis cultivation offers real solution, says Warren

Cannabis cultivation offers real solution, says Warren

(CNS Election): Fighting for a seat as an independent in George Town West, Dennie Warren Jr said cannabis cultivation offers a genuine solution to a number of challenges facing Cayman, as he urged people to vote for him tomorrow. Warren, who spearheaded the campaign that led to the legalisation [...]

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Rivers hopes track record will take her back to LA

Rivers hopes track record will take her back to LA

(CNS Election): The education minister is hoping that her track record will carry her back to the Legislative Assembly tomorrow. Speaking at a meeting Monday evening, Tara Rivers said she had addressed many long-standing issues in education and employment, pointing to amendments to the pension syste [...]

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Mac pushes hard for Bryan in GTC

Mac pushes hard for Bryan in GTC

(CNS Election): The opposition and Cayman Democratic Party leader published a political video on Monday urging people to vote for independent candidate Kenneth Bryan. McKeeva Bush had already declared his support for Bryan, one of Dr Steve Tomlinson’s stable of candidates who is in a head-to-h [...]

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PPM considering decriminalising ganja

PPM considering decriminalising ganja

(CNS Election): The Progressives are planning to take a closer look at decriminalising the recreational use of ganja, a leading Cabinet minister has said. Following the PPM government’s move to legalise the use of medicinal cannabis oil, Marco Archer has revealed plans to weigh-up the possibility [...]

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West Bay hopeful stresses wage decline as key issue

West Bay hopeful stresses wage decline as key issue

(CNS Election): Mervin Smith hammered home the message on Wednesday night that it is not just the number of work permits, poor training, education or skills gaps that is presenting a challenge to local people securing work, but the decline in wages. Smith, who is making a second attempt at securing [...]

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McTaggart spells out independents’ dilemma

McTaggart spells out independents’ dilemma

(CNS Election): Roy McTaggart has spelt out the problem that independent candidates are likely to face if they are elected to office following the 24 May General Election. The George Town East candidate, who is running on the PPM ticket after joining the party in 2015, was elected to office as an in [...]

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Political Parties

Premier says no serious challengers to PPM

Premier says no serious challengers to PPM

(CNS Election): The premier asked voters to consider, when they go to the polls Wednesday, if anyone else on the ballot paper had the track record of the Progressives team, claiming there had been no real serious challenge to his party during the campaign. In an address to the country on the eve of [...]

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Bush says choice is clear for voters

Bush says choice is clear for voters

(CNS Election): The leader of the opposition and the CDP has accused the government of broken promises, as he urged voters to elect a new government in a 20 minute national address on the eve of the elections. McKeeva Bush said the PPM were not able to address crime and indicated that a government l [...]

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McLaughlin confident of victory

McLaughlin confident of victory

(CNS): With less than two weeks to go before Cayman goes to the polls, the premier said that over the last few weeks he had become increasingly confident of victory for his party. As he presented the PPM manifesto to the press Thursday, still buoyed by what the Progressives saw as a very successful [...]

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Capt. Bryan gets on board with CDP

Capt. Bryan gets on board with CDP

(CNS Election): A PPM candidate in the 2013 election for West Bay, Captain Bryan Ebanks, has switched his allegiance to the party he was deriding four years ago. Appearing on the Cayman Democratic Party platform at a West Bay meeting last week, he said the Progressives were a disappointment to the p [...]

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Immigration law a problem, premier admits

Immigration law a problem, premier admits

(CNS Election): The leader of the Progressives is increasingly indicating that resolving the problems surrounding immigration legislation will form a central part of his government’s agenda if he gets a second chance to lead a PPM administration. Premier Alden McLaughlin, who has headed up the ho [...]

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PPM releases report on last four years

PPM releases report on last four years

(CNS Elections): The PPM government has released a new report outlining what it says it has achieved in this administration since coming to office in 2013. Along with the expected boasts about the big-ticket items, such stabilizing public finances, improving economic confidence and rebuilding rela [...]

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Polls

PPM comes top in CNS reader poll

PPM comes top in CNS reader poll

(CNS Election): With 1,966 responses so far, CNS readers believe the Progressives will be forming the next government, with over 52% saying they will be voting for a PPM candidate. While this is not a scientific poll, the reader survey has attracted the largest participation of any online straw poll [...]

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Who will win on Wednesday?

Who will win on Wednesday?

(CNS Election): On 24 May, voters in the Cayman Islands will go to the polls to elect nineteen MLAs for the next four years. To have a majority in the House and therefore form the next government, a group or party will need to win ten of those 19 seats. The Progressives (PPM), the party […] [...]

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Almost 39% of voters know who they want

Almost 39% of voters know who they want

(CNS Election): One week after Nomination Day revealed who will be running in which seat and on which ticket, 38.7% of the CNS readers who have so far taken part in a straw poll said that there was one candidate standing in the constituency where they lived that they could fully support. Less than [...]

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Looking at your choices after Nomination Day

Looking at your choices after Nomination Day

(CNS Elections): After months of speculation, we now all know which candidates are running in which districts. Yesterday was the day that anyone wanting to run in the 2017 General Elections had to be nominated, and while candidates can still drop out, no one else can enter the political fray. So, ar [...]

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Rate the performance of current Cabinet members

Rate the performance of current Cabinet members

(CNS Elections): The 2013-2017 administration is the Progressives’ second term and the first with Alden McLaughlin as premier. The PPM leader during the party’s first administration, Kurt Tibbetts, stayed on in the government, taking up a portfolio that included planning. Moses Kirkconne [...]

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How should the next government tackle health insurance costs?

How should the next government tackle health insurance costs?

(CNS Elections): How to pay for the cost of healthcare is a major headache for all countries, large or small. In the US, the promised repeal of “Obamacare” is proving much harder for President Donald Trump than he thought, because millions of people who are now covered under the Affordab [...]

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Viewpoints

Spoil it – but don’t miss it

Spoil it – but don’t miss it

Polly Trixster writes: The right to vote is an important one and even when the choice seems utterly appalling, electors have the power to say so. A final alternative when voters perceive their choices to be completely unelectable is the “none of the above” option. Deliberately spoiling a ballot [...]

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Our first OMOV brings some easy and tough battles

Our first OMOV brings some easy and tough battles

101 writes: This year’s general election has many veterans but also a lot of newcomers encouraged by the new OMOV system. But based on the match-ups in the current constituencies, unfortunately too many of these political competitions are just about decided but for the formal vote on Wednesday. If [...]

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The battle of the incumbents

The battle of the incumbents

Theresa Green writes: Political geeks out there will have already spotted the rather unusual situation that has emerged in one of the 19 electoral districts in Cayman’s first election under the system of one person, one vote in single-member constituencies, but for those who haven’t noticed, the [...]

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Welcome the gang to the party

Welcome the gang to the party

Kent McTaggart writes: Cayman is accepting the fact that things have changed and what we were is a memory that we must cherish as it will never return. We are standing in a reality where we feel a general sense of loss and despair, as we have created a mess that we are not confident […] [...]

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A surplus on our backs?

A surplus on our backs?

101 writes: As the local political campaigns were heating up two weeks ago, GTC candidate Kenneth Bryan released a video via social media implying that while his competitor in George Town Central may be viewed as a good finance minister, he hasn’t actually done well by the people. Bryan used the i [...]

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LGBT rights dismissed by candidates

LGBT rights dismissed by candidates

(CNS Elections): The issue of equal rights for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, especially on same-sex marriage or civil partnership, has been dismissed in this election campaign by most candidates when the issue has been raised in debate forums and during interviews. [...]

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Other Recent Posts

Top winners may not shape government

Top winners may not shape government

| 25/05/2017 | 24 Comments
(CNS Elections): When the final count was in Wednesday night, the winners in terms of numbers did not necessarily reflect the final tally of groupings and they may not find themselves on the government benches. McKeeva Bush secured the most votes of any candidate by far. 605 people voted for him in [...]

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Independents secure nine seats

Independents secure nine seats

| 25/05/2017 | 146 Comments
(CNS Elections): With independents securing three major PPM ministers’ scalps and the CDP failing to secure any seats outside of West Bay, the final results have left Cayman facing significant uncertainty over who will lead the next government. The results were all in well before midnight, b [...]

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Panton loses out to Suckoo in Newlands

Panton loses out to Suckoo in Newlands

| 24/05/2017 | 47 Comments
(CNS): Wayne Panton (PPM) became the third Cabinet minister to lose his seat Wednesday night when Alva Suckoo (IND) beat him by just 15 votes. In one of the tightest races of the night, the former PPM candidate who crossed the floor with Tony Eden over their objection to gay rights secured the seat [...]

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Alden takes RB as Marco beaten in GTC

Alden takes RB as Marco beaten in GTC

| 24/05/2017 | 61 Comments
(CNS) The PPM suffered their biggest blow of the evening when the former finance minister, Marco Archer, was beaten in George Town Central by Kenneth Bryan (IND) with just 35 votes between them. Alden McLaughlin, whose position as premier was looking shakier as the evening wore on, secured his seat [...]

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Independents secure Bodden Town East & West

Independents secure Bodden Town East & West

| 24/05/2017 | 17 Comments
(CNS Election): Independent candidates Dwayne ‘John-John’ Seymour and Chris Saunders have both secured seats in Bodden Town East and West. Osbourne Bodden was beaten into third place with just 25% of the vote after Seymour secured almost 38% of the vote in a tight race in Bodden Town Eas [...]

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Radio host becomes first new face in LA

Radio host becomes first new face in LA

| 24/05/2017 | 17 Comments
(CNS Election): Radio talk show host, Austin Harris, who ran as an independent candidate in Prospect, has won the seat and becomes the first new face in the LA. Harris secured 54.2% of the vote to beat Lucille Seymour, who took just 38.3%, leaving Matthew Leslie (IND) with just over 6% of the vote. [...]

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No surprises as smaller seats declared

No surprises as smaller seats declared

| 24/05/2017 | 1 Comment
(CNS Elections): Independent candidates Arden McLean in East End and Ezzard Miller in North Side, as well as Moses Kirkconnell and Juliana O’Connor-Connolly for the Progressives in Cayman Brac have all been returned to the Legislative Assembly after their seats were the first to be declared. K [...]

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Count begins in all constituencies

Count begins in all constituencies

| 24/05/2017 | 1 Comment
(CNS Election): Counting in all 19 constituencies began at 7pm with the postal and mobile boxes. The first results to come in were from Cayman Brac West and Little Cayman (CBWLC), where ten postal ballots had been issued. The election supervisor confirmed that six of those votes were returned and in [...]

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Final turnout just short of 75% of voters

Final turnout just short of 75% of voters

| 24/05/2017 | 0 Comments
(CNS Election): More than 15,860 voters took part in the Cayman Islands first ever election under the system of ‘one man, one vote’ in single-member constituencies, representing a national turnout of just under 75%. While this was slightly less than previous elections, the numbers diffe [...]

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All mobile and postal ballot boxes safe and secure

All mobile and postal ballot boxes safe and secure

| 24/05/2017 | 1 Comment
(CNS Election): The supervisor of elections confirmed that there were no problems with the security of any of the ballot boxes that contain postal and mobile votes. Speaking to the media, Wesley Howell said a candidate had asked where the boxes containing those votes were being held and had been tol [...]

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30% still to vote in last hour

30% still to vote in last hour

| 24/05/2017 | 2 Comments
(CNS Elections): With just one hour to go before the polls closed Wednesday, 15,168 people had voted but 30% of the electorate had still not made it to a polling station. A largely uneventful and peaceful polling day, marred more by fake social media stories of election fractions rather than any gen [...]

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Reporter aims to rectify blunder

Reporter aims to rectify blunder

| 24/05/2017 | 2 Comments
(CNS Election): The Cayman Reporter said it was aware of the mistakes it made in its election supplement by listing eleven out of 19 polling locations incorrectly. The paper’s officials said it was “human error” but they were unable to print the correct polling stations in the Tue [...]

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