Just hours left to join roll for May election

| 20/01/2021 | 23 Comments
Cayman News Service
Elections Office in the Bay Town Office Suites (1st Floor), 68 West Bay Road

(CNS): The Elections Office will be open today, Wednesday, until 7:00pm, leaving just hours for eligible individuals who are not registered to make the voters list that will be used on election day in May. The Elections Office and numerous activist groups as well as the candidates have been on a major voter drive ahead of Cayman’s second national ballot under the system of one-man-one-vote (OMOV) in the 19 single-member constituencies.

The register already stands at a record 22,241 voters, but in what is expected to be a further surge, it is likely to reach 23,000 once the list has gone through the objections and clearance process. The final electoral roll for the 26 May General Election will be published on 1 April.

When the boundaries were first settled for the 19 single-member constituencies in 2010, the numbers were fairly well balanced in the larger constituencies on Grand Cayman from West Bay through to Bodden Town.

But Bodden Town’s population growth has outstripped that of most other areas over the last decade, and there is now considerable discrepancy between the seats.

The two Sister Islands constituencies as well as North Side and East End, where the boundaries were drawn for historical reasons, all have very low voter numbers. However, the other 15 constituencies now have much greater range that the Electoral Boundary Commission had intended.

According to the current roll, Bodden Town East, the seat held by Health Minister Dwayne Seymour, is the largest constituency in the country. BTE voter numbers have grown at almost every new registration during this administration, currently standing at 1,573 voters, and is expected to exceed 1,600 in the new roll.

However, West Bay seats have shrinking numbers. West Bay Central, the seat held by Captain Eugene Ebanks, had just 1,072 registered voters when the most recent list was published at the beginning of this month.

Anyone who is eligible to vote and has still not registered should contact their constituency registering officers or the Elections Office in the Bay Town Office Suites (1st Floor), 68 West Bay Road, or call 949-8047.

Information is also available on the Elections Office Facebook page or website here.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    We need to ensure that the best men and women get elected.

    Alden McLaughlin, initially, said that he was going to straighten out injustice and inequality between Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. However, during his tenure, all he has straightened is his hair.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Seems like all the focus is on adding to the list. That is certainly important but the list needs to be gone over, person by person, to remove persons that have moved off-island YEARS ago and those that have passed away. Hoping to see this reflected when final list comes out in April 1.

  3. Democracy starts with us says:

    Has each of us encouraged an eligible and qualified Caymanian to run for office, or are we just waiting for the billboards to litter the roadside? Democracy goes beyond marking a ballot; each of us must be prepared to roll our sleeves and work for it from within our own trench. It starts with something as basic as registering to vote (or encouraging your 17-year old to register).

  4. Anonymous says:

    Trump 2024 MAGFAST!

  5. BeaumontZodecloun says:

    Here we are, nearly finished with January, and as is usual, not a peep about who is running. If we remain apathetic, we are guaranteed a repeat of the past.

    Does it cost too much to campaign? Are we all just adrift? Lost our trust along with our spirit for wanted better for the future?

    I would love to feel actually represented. I wonder what that would be like.

    • Anonymous says:

      The plywood is going up all over the place. Pay attention. Not long now.

    • Pray for Anon says:

      The Election was won 6 mths ago.

      The Opposition is failing apart and voters are too smart to vote for the unemployed.

      The PPM UDP partnership is unbeatable. Get used to it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Cayman voters, once again, failed to change the Elections Law, the Party System, and Eligibility Criteria. Unless Wayne Panton can conjure 17 other candidates for a new unnamed party, I fear Cayman is doomed to endure another four years of obscured PPM-led Port and developer deals, and illegal “consultant” payments.

        • Anonymous says:

          I warned you all loudly about the results of single member constituencies in place with such a small electorate, but did you listen? No. Now reap what you’ve sown: entrenched politicians and parties forever more. Do you people seriously think you can get rid of the PPM now? If so, you’re delusional. We’ll be complaining about the performance of Joey Who for decades more. Corruption and poor public administration will continue ad nauseum until the UK has to step in – or the country disastrously goes independent.

  6. Anonymous says:

    When will the time period for registration get reduced to say 30 days? In this age of computers there is no need for the old limit of 90 days.
    Maybe one day we will even get electronic (touch screen) voting at the polling booth, instead of paper ballots. Those could remain for mobile & absentee voting.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Sel-fulfilling prophesy.

  8. Anonymous says:


    • Anonymous says:

      God dam I hope Biden at least federally decriminalises it so we can follow suit soon.

      Violent alcoholic culture is celebrated here yet we lock up people for growing a medically prescribed plant in their yard.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Waste of time. There will be a few new faces but nothing will change. Heard it here first.

    • J|) says:

      ” but nothing will change. ”

      That is but a guess at this point, however, it is a guarantee if you give up early and don’t even vote.

    • Don’t like doubting Charlies says:

      Have you considered emigrating to somewhere where you think your vote counts then?

      • Anonymous says:

        Counts as much here as it would in North Korea.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yep. That’s the way it is! When you don’t have any choice, why bother? Same old, same old. Ho hum……. Sad, ain’t it.

      • Anonymous says:

        The elections might not be rigged, but trust me, the current election system is. We were better off before single member constituencies. It’s not like single member constituencies stopped McKeeva from getting power, which is what everyone seemed to think it would.

        • Anonymous says:

          We need a National vote, with everyone able to vote in every district, with some weighting for votes cast for your own district’s representative. That will make them all accountable to everyone, and avoid fringe lunatics from becoming or staying forever honorable.

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