May election set

General Elections will be held 20 May in the Cayman Islands next year.

Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez released the proposed timetable Wednesday after Governor Stuart Jack signed off on it Tuesday.

People who are already on the Register of Electors are eligible to vote in the General Elections. People not yet registered, but who meet voter qualifications, must register in time to be included on the Register of Electors, which comes into force on 1 April, 2009.

In 2004 the General Elections were to have been held on 17 November. But the devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan in September prompted Mr. Bruce Dinwiddy, then Governor, to discuss the situation with Cabinet and then postpone elections. The decision was formalised through an Order in Council in the UK.

At the time, the governor’s office confirmed that the postponement of elections until 11 May, 2005, added time to the Legislative Assembly then in office – it did not subtract from the time of the future Assembly (Caymanian Compass, 11 March 2005).

The present Legislative Assembly will be dissolved on Tuesday, 17 March.

The following day will be Nomination Day when district residents eligible to vote will nominate candidates.

Although confirmed, the dates are proposed because unforeseen events can occur.

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