400+ more voters join new register

| 20/01/2020 | 18 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): The Elections Office has finalised figures on the revised register of electors that is set to become effective on 1 April subject to objections or claims raised during the revision period, which opens Tuesday. The new lit of voters shows another significant increase compared to the list that came into effect at the beginning of this month. On 1 January the official list included 21,383 voters but by 1 April the list will have grown to 21,782 voters, if it is approved as it currently stands. .

Election officials said the new list reflects an additional 462 voters who registered between 1 October and 2 January as well as the removal of 62 ineligible voters, 53 of whom died since the previous revision.

The Elections Office has asked individuals who registered to vote between 1 October 2019 and 2 January 2020 to review the list and check their details. The office also encourages the public to review the list for invalid entries or outdated information, such as cases where a voter has moved to a different electoral district or may no longer be residing in the Cayman Islands. The deadline for submitting claims and objections is 11 February 2020.

As per the Elections Law, once the current Revised List is finalised, the revised list will become the Official Register of Electors on 1 April 2020.

The Elections Office reminds those wanting to register to vote that they can register at any time. The deadline to be included in the next list is 1 April, which will be effective from 1 July 2020.

The system for registering to vote allocates a three month registration period followed by a three month review period, rather than an ongoing register. This system has been criticised recently because of the surge in people registering in order to vote in the referendum on the cruise berthing project but who might not be allowed to vote because of the time it takes to get on the electoral roll.

For example, someone who registered to vote in early October will have to wait until 1 April, some six months from the time of their application. At this point the new date for the poll has not been set as the country awaits the decision of the court. A judge will hear a judicial review this week on government’s handling of the process surrounding Cayman’s first ever people’s referendum. The outcome of that case will be instrumental to when the vote will take place.

Individuals who have claims in relation to applications submitted during the last registration period or information about incorrect or invalid voter details can contact the Elections Office via email at office@elections.ky or phone +1 (345) 949 8047.

People can also visit the office which is now located at the Bay Town offices on West Bay Road.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Why does it take six months for an application to be processed?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I really think that the deceased relatives should be given the chance to have their loved ones name taken off the list. Its bad enough when they have to do it but worst when others are gloating in their pants and have these names struck off without even consulting their families. That’s what we call Cayman kind.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why would you have to consult the families? If they are dead they shouldn’t be in the list. How is removing them disrespectful? It’s simply a statement of fact. Arguably you are doing the family a favour – saving them a chore which they would probably find painful, whilst protecting the system against people forgetting – or even worse looking to use the dead persons vote. But disrespectful – no.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I, one of those 400+ new voters, will be voting NO to the development of a cruise berthing facility.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The PPM are now officially in trouble. Time to vote them all out.

    • Anonymous says:

      LONG TIME! They are a disgusting bunch, elected on the promise of decency and transparency, and have betrayed those principles and their supporters.

      • Anonymous says:

        Don’t forget those last two remnants of the CDP and those useless so called independents….they all have to go..

  5. Anonymous says:

    Is list accurate??

  6. Anonymous says:

    There are hundreds on the list living abroad – a decade or longer in many cases. How long can someone be non-resident and still qualify to vote? How can any non-vote be counted as an affirmative?

  7. Kurt Christian says:

    Vote No

    • Anonymous says:

      Kurt you had better wait until the question is agreed to by the courts. At that time voting no may not be what you want to do.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Jury pool filling out nicely

    • Anonymous says:

      Instigator

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s good! We should all do our civic duty. Besides that do you really want the same old grandma judging you on their old fashioned values about something modern time’s doesn’t care about? Or would you like a case thrown out because the jury all know the defendant? As a victim I would like justice. The more people in the jury pool, the merrier.

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