Petition for one man, one vote passes 3000 names
(CNS): Organisers of the petition to trigger a people initiated referendum on one man, one vote say they are about to make history with their efforts to collect signatures from registered voters. They now have more than 3000 names on the official petition and anticipate that they will easily reach the 3800 names required to trigger the national ballot well before the end of April. Alva Suckoo one of the leaders of the campaign backing the petition launched by MLAs Ezzard Miller and Arden McLean said he had no doubt that in the end the petition would ensure that Cayman adopted a democratic and fair voting system.
"I am extremely pleased with the response to the petition so far,” said Suckoo. “We are currently witnessing history in the making and I have no doubt that the end result will be the adoption of a political system that guarantees greater equality, accountability and voter participation. We still have a target to make and I encourage everyone to make sure they do not miss the opportunity to sign the petition. This petition is helping to preserve democracy and proper representation for all of our people."
Aside from going door to door volunteers have also been collecting signatures at key public locations such as the local supermarkets and outside the post office in downtown George town several shops also have copies of petition books and there are dozens of people ready and able to go out and meet people who want to sign, Suckoo added.
The local activists will be handing the petition over to the governor once they have the full 3800 signatures required under the constitution to trigger a people’s referendum.
However, they intend to carry on collecting signatures in an effort to persuade the premier to introduce the one man, one vote system without the need for a referendum in time for the May 2013 elections.
Mckeeva Bush has already stated publicly that he will hold a referendum on the topic at the same time as the general election next year but not in November as is requested in the petition.
This means there will be legal wrangling over the issue and if the petitioners fail to win their case for a November 2012 referendum the next election will still be held under the multi-member constituency system. With three extra seats at the next ballot it could mean electors in George Town will be casting up to six votes, giving them a disproportionate influence on the make-up of the national government compared to residents of other districts.
Government has not yet passed the necessary legislation to add the three new seats ahead of the next election as set down in the Cayman Islands 2009 constitution. He had however indicated his preference for adding two seats to George Town and one to Bodden Town as recommended by the boundary commission in relation to the population.
He has however since indicated that he agrees that having six seats in George Town was too much and hinted about, although did not commit to, adding one of the extra two seats in the capital to his own constituency of West Bay.
To do so however, would as was indicated by the opposition leader be a blatant case of gerrymandering – the practice of manipulating election districts or constituencies in order to influence the results of an election.
Alden McLaughlin recently noted that the population of West Bay did not justify further seats when he also called on the premier to waive the need for a referendum and adopt single member constituencies and one man one vote for the 2013 national vote.
Ezzard Miller told CNS this week that the petition had been enjoying enormous success going house to house as the volunteers had been widely welcomed into people’s homes where they were more comfortable listening to the argument for the more democratic system than in public forums.
“The time is right the people want this and the premier needs to do the right thing,’ he said.
Anyone wishing to sign the petition can contact any of the following:
Al Suckoo Jr 916-1689 firstname.lastname@example.org
Johann Moxam email@example.com
Noel March 916-1429 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Goddard 928-6534 email@example.com
Betyann Duty 916-1494 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent McTaggart 928-3449 email@example.com
Bo Miller 916-0003 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Roulstone 516-0220 email@example.com
Marco Archer 939-7474 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryan Ebanks 916-3048
Edward Caudeiron 916-0157 email@example.com
Terry Caudeiron 916-7895 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ezzard Miller 327-5757 email@example.com
Arden McLean 916-0630 firstname.lastname@example.org
Woody Da Costa 916-2470 email@example.com
Gregg Anderson 916-6777
Alden McLaughlin 916-3153
PPM Office 945-8292 firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition books are also available to sig at Four Winds Esso in West Bay, Walkers Road Texaco, in George Town, Pinnacle Condos on 7MB, as well as the Book Nook and Hobbies and Books.
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