New voter list confirmed at 19,449

| 10/01/2017 | 22 Comments

(CNS): Almost one thousand more voters have been added to the country’s electoral roll as the voter drive ahead of the May General Election continues and the clock ticks on the registration deadline. As Cayman gears up for the first ever national poll under a system of ‘one man, one vote’ in single member constituencies, the increase in numbers is largely in Bodden Town, the fastest growing district, where 5,360 people are now eligible to vote. The register was formally published on 1 January but there are still six days left for would-be voters to join the final pre-election list, which will be finalised in April.

With lest than a week for potential voters to add their names and make the roll for the national ballot on Wednesday 24 May, the Elections Office is urging people to stop procrastinating and sign up.

Total Electors by District for JAN 1, 2017 Official Register of Electors – 19,449
District North Side East End Cayman Brac & Little Cayman Bodden Town West Bay George Town
Totals 651 664 1,113 5,360 4,491 7,169

According to Supervisor of Elections Wesley Howell, registering to vote is a democratic right that people can exercise in the coming General Elections.

“I urge all who have put off registration to take advantage of the next few days and come into the office to register. We want to ensure that no one qualified to vote misses the registration deadline and loses the opportunity of voting in the May election. Remember, if you are not registered by the 16th, you cannot vote on May 24th,” he warned.

The Elections Office will be open for registration this Saturday to encourage as many people as possible who want to vote to make the final list. The final deadline for registration to be able to vote in the elections is midnight on Monday, 16 January 2017.

New districts explained

Enumerators have been going door to door in all the districts since the voter registration campaign began in earnest last September and officials expect that the voter list will grow further, as there are still several thousand people who are eligible to vote that have not registered and who appear to be leaving it until the last minute.

At the 2017 elections, for the first time ever all voters in the Cayman Islands, regardless of where they live, will have only one vote. Following the deadline next Monday night to make the list in time for the national ballot, the Elections Office will be turning its attention to ensuring the voting public understands the new constituencies and exactly where they will vote and pressing home the message that they will have only one vote. Voters will be picking their choice of candidate from those who choose to run in each of the new 19 single-member constituencies.

So far, the only formal declarations from any candidates about exactly which constituency they will stand have been made by Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush, who will be running in his home constituency of West Bay West on his Cayman Democratic Party ticket, and Kenneth Bryan, the premier’s former political assistant, who was the first candidate out of the gate when he declared last year that he intended to run in George Town Central as an independent candidate.

Although the premier has made it clear he also wants to run in the capital’s central constituency, the PPM has a party constitution which will required Alden McLaughlin to be confirmed in the seat by George Town branch officials.

While several other candidates have already thrown their hats in the ring by making announcements on social media or radio phone-in shows, few of them have confirmed their exact constituency choices. With just one vote per elector, creating a head-to-head fight for candidates in a ‘first past the post’ race, who will stand against who in each of the 19 seats could make a significant difference. And it appears many would-be politicians are not keen to declare their hand too early.

To download a registration form or for more details including your area’s registering officers and where you will vote on Election Day, visit www.elections.ky. The office will also open at 9am until 4pm on Saturday. The Elections Office is on the second floor of Smith Road Centre, 150 Smith Road, George Town.

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Category: 2017 General Elections, Elections, Politics

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  1. Unison says:

    Two things: I hope the next government make it possible for everyone to have two votes.

    1 vote for your MLA district, and,

    1 all island vote for the Premier!

    I don't think the Premier should be decided in the LA behind deals made and closed doors. Provide a vote in our Constitution to directly vote in our leader. :/

    Also, another thing, I wish they get rid of unlimited terms for a Premier. I think a person should not be Premier more than 2 terms.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Mac for Premier! Woiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      No no no no no no No no no no no no no no nonononono no no no Nono Nono no no no no no

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Obama is going to be free by then, can he stand?

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  4. Anonymous says:

    1,000 voters per seat. Every one a rotten borough.

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    • Anonymous says:

      If those boroughs were filled with people like you, would they be great, great, bigly boroughs?

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Nice number. I wonder how many are Caymanian.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    I strongly support the exercise of one's fundamental right to vote and personally I intend to do just that. However, I predict that less than 10,000 registered voters will turn up at the polls next May, thereby creating the anomaly of a Government being elected by a minority of voters. The reason? OMOV - due to the fact that in each constituency, (except perhaps NS & EE where OMOV has always existed) voters will be dissatisfied by their choices and not turn up in volume.

    2017 election will see a Government elected by a minority. What then?

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    • Anonymous says:

      More of the same?

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    • Anonymous says:

      The same as happens in other countries: those elected are the government. While it may be a fresh concept to some of us straight-ticket voters 'minority' governments (for various reasons) are not unknown in democracies around the world.

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    • Anonymouse says:

      The results of the last election saw only 4 members receive over 50% of the votes cast in their respective districts.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Why do some people's district say "WBE" which we assume is West Bay East but there is not a West Bay East electoral district.
    When looked up on the map they are in one of the other WB districts. Will this affect their ability to vote? Will everyone in this magic district miss out?

    CNS: If you can say where the district of West Bay East appears, perhaps Auntie can find this out for you.

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    • Anonymous says:

      It appears when you look up certain names in the Elections website. Site is now down " We are updating the Electoral Boundaries list. Please check back after January 31, 2017 for the updated database."

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      • Anonymous says:

        That was the polling location for the previous election.
        I understand the new database at the end of Jan will show everything correct for the election.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    "Enumerators have been going door to door in all the districts since the voter registration campaign began in earnest last September and officials expect that the voter list will grow further, as there are still several thousand people who are eligible to vote that have not registered and who appear to be leaving it until the last minute."

    A lady visited our household and we talked about getting my wife on the voter list. Details were taken and we were told that was all we had to do and my wife would be added. Up until now she has not been put on the list and I am sure that she will have to go to the elections office in order to register. I wonder how many of the other thousands think that they are all set after having been told the same thing! My guess is they are "leaving it to the last minute" because they think they are already registered....

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    • Anonymous says:

      Well, be glad someone from your district bothered to show up. We had two reps knock on an errand for the wrong district, with incorrect registers in hand, in an area a half mile from the unchanged electoral boundary line. We then went down to the Elections office to amend "Occupational" data in Sept and the listing is still wrong. KYD$900,000 wasted on all of this bogus effort and only 1000 additional names (successfully) added. Still no candidates declared for our district - if we weren't already registered, we mightn't bother. The district jockeying that is anticipated before nomination day will be a predictable and super-disappointing exploitation by the usual suspects.

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    • Anonymous says:

      If she's not on the list, maybe you should call them. The website should have the dates that the lists are being updated.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    If you're strong, declare early and head off your opposition. If you're weak, wait until the last minute so you can pick your best spot.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I agree. Step up now. It gives us more of a chance to get behind you if we like your message.

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