Nomination Day is next Wednesday

Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez reminds all voters and potential candidates that next Wednesday, 25 March, is Nomination Day in the six electoral districts.

That is the only day on which persons may be nominated as candidates for the district’s seat or seats in the Legislative Assembly. General Elections are set for 20 May.

Mr. Gomez noted that no one is a candidate under the law until he or she is nominated. Persons who have already declared their intention or who contemplate standing for election should familiarise themselves with sections 18 and 19 of the Constitution. These sections set out the qualifications and disqualifications for election.

Mr. Gomez suggested that persons seek legal advice if they have any doubts as to whether they meet the requirements.

Persons who nominate candidates have obligations under the Elections Law, Mr. Gomez pointed out. A nominator must be a registered voter in the district for which he or she is nominating a candidate. Further, the nominator must know that the person nominated is qualified to be elected.

Anyone who nominates a candidate and is not registered in that district or who knows that the candidate is not qualified is guilty of an offence. The penalty on conviction is a fine of $2,000.

The venues for Nomination Day were announced in January. They are:

West Bay: John Gray Memorial Church, 26 West Church Street.

George Town: Church of God Chapel (Family Life Centre) 48B Academy Way (off Walkers Road).

Bodden Town: James M. Bodden Civic Centre, 445C Bodden Town Road.

North Side: Craddock Ebanks Civic Centre, 923 North Side Road.

East End: William Allen McLaughlin Civic Centre, 80 John McLean Drive.

Cayman Brac & Little Cayman: District Administration Building (2nd Floor Conference Room) 19 Kirkconnell Street.

District Returning Officers will receive nominations between 8am and 3pm.

Nomination forms may be collected any weekday between the hours of 8.30am and 6pm from the Elections Office at Smith Road Professional Centre, 150 Smith Road, 2nd floor.

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