15,106 Cayman voters possible

The Cayman Islands may have 15,106 voters entitled to take part in the 20 May General Elections and proposed constitutional referendum.

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Election officials worked past midnight Sunday checking voter registration forms and entering data into electronic files. From right: West Bay Registering Officer Darlene Owens-Elliott, data input clerks Elaine Young, Georgette Myrie, Josie Welcome, George Town Registering Officer Kathryn Myles and, standing, North Side Registering Officer Patricia Ebanks. Photo: Carol Winker

This would be an increase of 820 over the Official List of Electors in force as of 1 January.

The new number of voters as of midnight Sunday, when registration closed, is pending a final check of registration documents.

Deputy Supervisor of Elections Colford Scott explained that registering officers for each of the districts must approve an application and verify under which section of the Constitution the person qualifies before his or her name can go on the list that will be published 8 February.

If there are any claims or objections to that list, the magistrate will settle them prior to the new voters list coming into force on 1 April.

Recently deceased voters will also be subtracted from the register.

Registration publicity plus efforts by Elections Office staff and volunteers appeared to have an impact on voter registration. The single busiest day was Saturday, 31 January, with 115 new registrants.

Chief Assignments Officer Eldon Whittaker said registration stations at West Bay Republix, The Strand and Savannah Countryside stayed open long past their schedule of 6-8pm because so many people came by.

Earlier in the day, the One 345 rally on the steps of the Assembly Building attracted a good turnout, Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez said.

On Sunday, 1 February, the station in the downstairs lobby of Kirk House processed 90 applications between 10am and midnight.

The district totals and pending voter increase from the previously published Official Register are:

George Town: an increase of 410, from 5,569 to 5,979;

Bodden Town: an increase of 225, from 3,138 to 3,373;

West Bay: an increase of 130, from 3,503 to 3,633;

East End: an increase of 17, from 572 to 589;

North Side: an increase of 19, from 569 to 588;

Cayman Brac and Little Cayman: an increase of nine, from 935 to 944. This figure, however, does not include the last few days.

Eligible persons may continue to register, but they will not be able to vote in May.