The majority of respondents to the most recent caycompass.com online poll support the challenge of Mark Scotland’s and Dwayne Seymour’s eligibility to sit as Members of the Legislative Assembly.
Both men won seats in Bodden Town in the 20 May election, but there have been questions about their eligibility raised because they published details of their company’s contracts with government four days late. The 1972 Cayman Islands Constitution required they have that information published by way of government notice a month before the election.
Of the 753 respondents – after 264 duplicate votes were deleted – 395 (52.5 per cent) said they supported the challenge.
‘The law is harsh, but it is the law,’ said one person.
‘It should have been dealt with before the election, but our government is always outing fires instead of trying to prevent them,’ said someone else.
‘If the constitution is not upheld, it sets a very dangerous precedent,’ said another respondent. ‘While a change may not change the outcome of who controls the government, the law needs to be followed. Remember that both Mr. Seymour and Mr. Scotland are lawmakers and if they can’t follow the law, what hope do we have?’
Someone else supported the challenge for more practical reasons.
‘Even if a by-election happens, Mr. Scotland and Mr. Seymour would most likely get back in and that way they would have nothing that could possibly come back on them in the future, as it was all done legally and by the law.’
The next largest segment of voters – 251 people, or 33.3 per cent did not support the challenge because Mr. Scotland and Mr. Seymour were the will of the people, who knew about the issue before they voted.
‘They are in by the voting public,’ said one person. ‘Just take your concerns to them and see if they are worth it. Four years is not long!’
‘At this stage, the greater good is to let it be,’ said someone else. ‘Bodden Town voters wanted it that way.’
‘Rest this foolishness and let’s get to business,’ said another respondent.
Eight-four people (11.2 per cent) didn’t support the challenge because it would be a waste of time and money.
‘What’s the point?’ asked one respondent. ‘They’d just be voted back in anyway in a by-election. This smacks of PPM desperation.’
Only 23 people (3.1 per cent) said they supported the challenge, but didn’t know the point since it could not affect control of the government.
‘The law is harsh, but it is the law.’ – Said poll respondent