With General Elections scheduled for 11 May, the date for nomination of candidates has been set for Wednesday, 16 March.
Nominations are traditionally received in the district town hall or civic centre. However, because of the damage caused by Hurricane Ivan, most of the venues have been changed.
Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez announced the appointment of the following venues:
West Bay – the Courtyard Marriott conference room.
George Town – Cayman Corporate Centre conference room.
Bodden Town – Chapel Church of God hall.
North Side – United Church hall.
East End – East End Civic Centre.
Sister Islands – District Administration Building conference room.
Also this week, Mr. Gomez urged prospective candidates to be mindful of the legal qualifications. ‘The Returning Officers will be requesting proof of qualifications on nominations,’ he said. ‘Therefore candidates must ensure that proof of qualifications is available.’
Another important date on the election calendar is Friday, 18 February.
On that date, the Governor, Mr. Bruce Dinwiddy, will issue the writs of election to the electoral district Returning Officers.
For voters, 18 February is the date on which application forms will be available for those who plan to vote by postal ballot.
The application forms may be obtained at all post offices, all Registering Officers, the Government Administration Building in George Town and the District Administration Building in Stake Bay. Forms are also available via the Elections Office website or from the Elections Office itself – now located on the fourth floor of Kirk House, across from the Court House.
The first issue of postal ballots is set for Wednesday, 23 March. Venues will be announced.
The final date for receipt of claims and objections for the second quarter revised voters list is Monday, 14 February. Election officials emphasised that this list, when settled by the Revising Officer (a senior magistrate), will become the Official Register of Electors to be used at the General Elections.
Any person who believes his or her name has been wrongly omitted from the register may file a claim.
Any elector may object to any other person on the list if he or she considers that the person is not entitled to vote.
Claim and objection forms may be obtained from any post office, Registering Officer or the Elections Office.
Due to circumstances beyond the Election Office’s control, it will not be possible to issue the almost 13,000 electors registration cards prior to the 2005 General Elections.
Mr. Gomez noted that these cards are not mandatory at the polls.
‘Cayman is still a small community and everybody seems to know everybody, so the registration cards are not essential. Plus candidates’ agents will be there and field officers will be at each polling division to assist,’ he pointed out.
Voter identification has not been a serious issue to date, Mr. Gomez indicated. There might be three or four persons in any given election who would have been queried, he said. Generally, they would go home, get their passport or some other document and return to the polling place.
Voters may want to be prepared to have something to show if they are questioned about their identity, he suggested.
Voters are encouraged to check the official and revised lists at the following locations. Those marked with * have the master lists of all six electoral districts.
George Town: *Airport Post Office, *Kirk Supermarket, *GT General Post Office, *Public Library, *Hurley’s Supermarket (Red Bay), *Foster’s Food Fair, *CICSA Credit Union, *A. L. Thompson Home Depot, Jose’s Service Centre, Walkers Road Texaco.
West Bay: West Bay Post Office, Foster’s Food Fair (Republix Plaza), Hell Service Station, West Bay Clinic.
Bodden Town: Savannah Texaco, Savannah Post Office, Bodden Town Post Office, Lorna’s Texaco.
North Side: North Side Post Office, Chisholm’s Supermarket, Jack’s Esso.
East End: East End Post Office, Eastern Star Texaco.
Cayman Brac: Sub-Post Offices at Creek, Spot Bay, Watering Place, West End, Stake Bay; *District Administration Building, Billy Bodden’s Store.
Little Cayman: District Officer’s Residence, *Village Square.