BT challenge threatened

Artist Gordon Solomon along with a group of Bodden Town voters say they will file a challenge against the legitimacy of two candidates elected from the district.


Artist Gordon Solomon tells a Cayman 27 news crew about his plans to challenge the election of Dwayne Seymour and Mark Scotland in Bodden Town outside the Courts building Tuesday. Photo: Stuart Wilson 

Mark Scotland and Dwayne Seymour failed to declare their government contracts before the stated constitutional deadline. However neither man was disqualified from the 2009 General Election and each was ultimately voted into office.

The situation has caused much debate about the rule of law and what precedent would be set if the two were allowed to serve their terms.

‘As a voter from the District of Bodden Town, I see it necessary to adhere to the laws and rules of our constitution,’ said Mr. Solomon. ‘It is about setting an example and standing up for what is right.’

He added that the group he was associated with in challenging the candidates had sought legal advice and would be drafting a document to file at the courts.

‘I am simply here to make sure we have all the facts and can proceed,’ he explained.

Mr. Solomon said he will make the court filings before the cut-off time.

The deadline in question, according to the Elections Law, is 21 days after the election results have been submitted.

When contacted, MLA Seymour said he was not aware of any official challenge pending.

He said there have been ongoing discussions on radio talk shows, both positive and negative, and reminded those concerned that a challenge is up to the public’s discretion.

‘The Constitution says may or may not challenge,’ he said, adding that if people were really wanting to defend the word of the law, they should not forget that Opposition MLAs Kurt Tibbetts, Arden McLean and Alden McLaughlin did not declare their interests before nomination day.

‘It is ultimately up to the people,’ Mr. Seymour said. ‘It’s about what they want, and they have already spoken.’