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Maxine runs for 7th time in the Sister Islands

Maxine runs for 7th time in the Sister Islands

(Press release): Maxine McCoy-Moore, one of two candidates for Cayman Brac West and Little Cayman, has launched her seventh campaign for a seat in the Cayman Islands legislature, having run in every general election since 1996. She is a seventh-generation Bracker who has dedicated her life to improving the quality of life for everyone on […]

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Johann going head to head with Joey

Johann going head to head with Joey

(Press release); Local businessman Johann Moxam announced today that he intends to stand as an independent candidate in the upcoming April election for the constituency of George Town North. He said, “Cayman is at a crossroads. The choices we make in the upcoming election will chart the course of our future for the next decade.

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André eyes Tara’s vacant seat

André eyes Tara’s vacant seat

(Press release): André Ebanks, the former Cayman Islands Representative to the UK and Europe, has officially declared his candidacy as an independent for West Bay South in the upcoming April General Elections for the Cayman Islands. Ebanks said he is running because he believes the country is at a crossroads.

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Mario to battle McKeeva for WBW

Mario to battle McKeeva for WBW

(Press release): Today, after spending 16 years in private life since his last general elections bid in 2005, Mario Ebanks is declaring as a candidate for West Bay West in the upcoming General Elections to now be held early on 14 April. “In presenting myself for service and as a future member of Parliament (MP), […]

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Ebanks-Wilks aiming to unseat the captain

Ebanks-Wilks aiming to unseat the captain

(Press release): On September 15, 2020 Katherine Ebanks-Wilks, along with her family, announced her candidacy for MP to represent West Bay Central in the upcoming Cayman Islands General Election on 14 April 2021. She is running as an independent, citing that it is time to get things done for West Bay Central and Cayman. Since […]

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Candidates urged to ensure all signs are safe

Candidates urged to ensure all signs are safe

(CNS): Planning permission is not required for political billboards and there are no limits on size, officials have confirmed. But candidates are urged to ensure that they request the permission of landowners before erecting signs that are not on crown and public land such as the roadsides. They are also asked to make sure billboards […]

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Moxam plots path to alternative government

Moxam plots path to alternative government

(CNS): Johann Moxam has revealed a developing alliance between himself and at least another seven candidates that will present the country with a genuine alternative to the current administration. Moxam, the challenger for George Town North, said that the group, which includes Alric Lindsay, Sammy Jackson, Bernie Bush and Chris Saunders, will be growing over […]

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Panton won’t be ‘defined’ by others

Panton won’t be ‘defined’ by others

(CNS): Wayne Panton, the former minister for the environment and financial services, said he believes his narrow loss in 2017 was because he was not on the ground to counter the distorted messages about him from his opponent. Speaking to voters in this election campaign’s first open Zoom public meeting, Panton engaged in a Q&A […]

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Most ministers face head-to-head battles

Most ministers face head-to-head battles

(CNS): With the exception of Roy McTaggart, all members of Cabinet running to retain their seats in the upcoming election are facing head-to-head races. Although this could make the campaign tougher than it might have been if they were facing multiple challengers to split the opposition vote, Premier Alden McLaughlin nevertheless expressed confidence on Monday […]

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50 contenders declare for 2021

50 contenders declare for 2021

(CNS): The snap election called by Premier Alden McLaughlin appears to have had an impact on the potential field of candidates for this general election. Just fifty people have formally declared for the 2021 race for the 19 constituencies, the lowest number of runners for several general elections. There are many more head to head […]

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Mount Trashmore and recycled politicians

Mount Trashmore and recycled politicians

(CNS): The George Town dump has been a national crisis through the past six administrations, starting with the UDP government in power when Grand Cayman was hit by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, followed by the first PPM government, which took over in 2005, in which Arden McLean, who has since left the party and currently […]

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Poll: Environmental issues

Poll: Environmental issues

(CNS): We will be drilling down on some specific environmental concerns over the coming months, but this poll is to gauge how people feel about environmental issues generally. While the pandemic and the economy are looming large in this election cycle as immediate problems, the environment is a long-term issue. Will voters expect candidates to […]

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Poll: Recreational cannabis use

Poll: Recreational cannabis use

(CNS): Medical cannabis became legal in the Cayman Islands when prescribed by a doctor in May 2017. However, recreational use of the drug and growing cannabis plants for personal use remains illegal. Many people are adamant that this should not change, believing that marijuana is not only a ‘gateway’ to harder drugs but also that […]

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Solutions to Cayman’s traffic problems

Solutions to Cayman’s traffic problems

Alric Lindsay writes: The one thing we know for sure about the traffic problem in Cayman is that building more lanes is not the solution. This is because multiple lanes simply lead back to a bottleneck. We need to start looking at common-sense ways to reduce traffic. This will also require some discipline and sacrifice on […]

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Financial services: who is asleep at the wheel?

Financial services: who is asleep at the wheel?

Alric Lindsay writes: Two recent news pieces, one appearing on the website of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the other from a video of the European Parliament’s subcommittee on tax matters, cause reasons for concern that some high officials in our government may have temporarily taken their eyes off the dashboard or are […]

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Those who buy votes will sell their country

Those who buy votes will sell their country

Uncorrupt Voter writes: We are just weeks away from yet another general election that many will perceive as corrupt because of the widely held belief that at least some of the country’s political representatives will be elected or re-elected by bribing voters with gifts and/or cash. Election observers will find, as they always do, that […]

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The education crisis in Cayman

The education crisis in Cayman

Sammy Jackson writes: Education holds the key for the prosperity and success of future generations, it is the centre of building human capital. This is true worldwide. Without education opportunities, future generations have little hope at prosperity. Cayman is in the midst of a silent crises, an education crisis. The recent publication of the Office […]

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The party is over

The party is over

Johann Moxam writes: The Cayman Islands does not have political parties which are distinguishable based on some clear political ideology, policy approach or vision for the country. The two political parties of modern times can be aptly described as ‘cults of personality’ led by a dominant public figure or a big personality. In the case of […]

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Half the candidates can’t vote for themselves

Half the candidates can’t vote for themselves

| 04/03/2021 | 5 Comments

(CNS): Only half of the 50 candidates that are running for office can be sure of at least one vote on Election Day. According to the Revised List of Electors, of all the candidates who were nominated this week to stand in the 2021 General Elections, a little under 50% of them are registered to […]

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Line-ups and alignments remain unclear

Line-ups and alignments remain unclear

| 01/03/2021 | 14 Comments

(CNS): Which candidates are aligning and who is running with the PPM-led coalition was still not clear Monday morning, as Nomination Day began and candidates headed to their district stations to formally declare their intention to run for office. While the Progressives unveiled their first campaign posters, which includes an ‘alliance logo’, it is still […]

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Election observers to monitor remotely

Election observers to monitor remotely

| 01/03/2021 | 5 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper has told CNS that discussions are underway with the Elections Office about how Cayman can have its own independent observers on the ground for the April elections, since as the COVID-19 pandemic means that overseas observers will not be coming. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch (CPA UK) will conduct virtual […]

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Mac shapes up West Bay team

Mac shapes up West Bay team

| 26/02/2021 | 56 Comments

(CNS): McKeeva Bush urged West Bayers to “vote straight” when he appeared on Rolston Anglin’s campaign launch platform in West Bay North Thursday evening. Bush’s recent conviction for a violent assault against the female manager at Coral Beach Bar has been cited by Premier Alden McLaughlin as the reason for early elections. But it has […]

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HRC seeks assurance for isolated voters

HRC seeks assurance for isolated voters

| 26/02/2021 | 1 Comment

(CNS): Supervisor of Elections Wesley Howell has said that he and his team are “optimistic” they can make sure that all registered voters who are in quarantine at the time of the elections will be able to cast their ballot. Given public concerns that being in isolation could present a barrier to that democratic right, […]

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EE challenger aligning with coalition

EE challenger aligning with coalition

| 24/02/2021 | 17 Comments

(CNS): Isaac Rankine has become the first independent candidate who is challenging for a seat in the upcoming election to admit an alignment with the current government coalition. In a statement about a meeting this week with Premier Alden McLaughlin, the current leader of the PPM and an emerging coalition team, Rankine said that if […]

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Tara bows out of politics

Tara bows out of politics

| 24/02/2021 | 54 Comments

(CNS): Tara Rivers, the current financial services minister and MP for West Bay South, has confirmed recent speculation that she is bowing out of politics and will not be seeking re-election on 14 April. In a live streamed social media event, she said she had never intended to be a career politician. However, she declined […]

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Countdown to Nomination Day

Countdown to Nomination Day

| 24/02/2021 | 1 Comment

(CNS): Anyone considering entering the race for the 14 April General Elections have until 1 March to make up their minds. Nomination Day is next Monday and by 3:00pm that day, all candidates must be formally nominated by two people and pay their CI$1,000 in order to be on the ballot.

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Clock ticks on candidate disclosure

Clock ticks on candidate disclosure

| 22/02/2021 | 0 Comments

(CNS): While some candidates are trying to keep a lid on their election plans until Nomination Day, the clock is ticking on the requirement for them to file their interests before they officially declare their intentions next Monday. The Commission for Standards in Public Life has released a reminder for all electoral candidates to submit […]

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Alden reveals plan for ‘coalition campaign’

Alden reveals plan for ‘coalition campaign’

| 19/02/2021 | 59 Comments

(CNS): The Progressives will be campaigning on a coalition platform, Premier Alden McLaughlin revealed during a press briefing Thursday. Answering questions from CNS about health cover following the announcement that Health City Cayman Islands will be opening a second hospital in Camana Bay, McLaughlin said he would be speaking about this during the campaign and […]

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