Youth prepare for debate

Twenty-two young people are
transforming themselves into parliamentarians, taking centre stage at Cayman’s
fourth Youth Parliament on Commonwealth Day, Monday, 14 March, at the
Legislative Assembly.

The event is being held by the
Cayman Islands Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

“With the hard work all are putting
in, especially our young parliamentarians, we are aiming for a memorable
performance,” said Bodden Town Legislative Assembly Member Dwayne Seymour.

This year’s 10 female and 12 male
participants began their involvement late 2010 and are now at work developing
their debating skills and learning the processes to be parliamentarians for a

Along with Mr. Seymour, Ellio
Solomon of George Town, MLAs Cline Glidden Jr. and Eugene Ebanks of West Bay,
and Moses Kirkconnell of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, as well as clerk of the
Legislative Assembly Zena Merren-Chin, are coaching the participants.

Deputy Clerk Sharon Smith and
Assistant Clerk Nana Bothwell are also sharing correct procedures and the order
of events.

Meeting every Tuesday and Saturday,
the participants are students from the University College of the Cayman
Islands, John Gray, Clifton Hunter and Cayman Brac High School, Cayman Islands
Further Education Centre, Cayman Prep and High School, St. Ignatius and Cayman
International School.

Choosing from among themselves, the
government and opposition members, as well as the cabinet, the governor, the
speaker, clerk and sergeant-at-arms, the participants also chose topics for two

The occasion will also commemorate
the 100th anniversary of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, noted Ms

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Legislative Assembly Assistant Clerk Nana Bothwell rehearses procedure with youth parliamentarian Ally McRae.
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  1. This can only be a good thing – provided the young people are helped to learn correct and principled behaviour, which sadly is by no means the norm as exhibited by the members of the LA.

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