Pre-ballot poll for Chamber

Choices, choices, choices.

But enough about the election in May.

Before the electorate selects its representatives in a ballot two months from now, business leaders must vote on matters they’d like to put to candidates in an electoral forum series next month, sponsored by The Caymanian Compass.

With nomination day upon us on Wednesday, time is also running out for the 726 members of the Chamber Islands Chamber of Commerce to vote on topics to be presented in April ahead of the election.

The last day for chamber members – representing more than 20,000 employees in Cayman – to select top topics is April 1.

In an online survey, members are to select five out of eight topics in two categories – business and community – that will form the basis for questions to be put to candidates.

The long list for business comprises economy, labour issues, cost of doing business, government bureaucracy, crime, concessions for small businesses and a wild card.

The eight community concerns that are to be whittled down to five are the environment, affordable health care, government spending, pension reform, unemployment, education and a wild card.

A list of top topics will be short-listed by the chamber by April 16, said the organisation’s CEO Wil Pineau, who’s optimistic of a good turnout – or turn in – on the online poll.

‘We’ve identified eight key points in terms of what the community’s talking about We’re encouraging members to respond,’ said Mr. Pineau. ‘Normally, (we get) at least a few hundred responses. We’re tracking responses and the survey results will go to council which will determine the top issues.’

The chamber has conducted the candidate forum series since the 1970s and this year, it plans 10 question-and-answer sessions.

‘It’s part of the practice of gauging views,’ said Mr. Pineau. ‘We survey (the membership) to determine the top issues.’

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