Gov signals elections office change

Although he did not state when a personnel shift might occur, Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor said he is reviewing succession plans for the government’s elections office.

The announcement came, oddly enough, in a statement released to the Caymanian Compass by current Elections Supervisor Kearney Gomez.

Deputy Governor Donovan Ebanks left open the question of whether Mr. Gomez would retain his current post when he was asked about the matter in a June Legislative Assembly meeting.

“In the matter of the supervisor of elections appointed by the governor, I have not seen any announcement from him,” Mr. Ebanks said.

East End MLA Arden McLean asked if that meant Mr. Gomez still held his post.

“I don’t have anything further to add,” Mr. Ebanks said.

Wednesday’s statement, attributed to Governor Taylor read: “Kearney Gomez remains supervisor of elections and will continue to do so until such time as a successor is appointed.”

The statement continued, “The governor is currently considering proposals for succession planning with regard to the supervisor and deputy supervisors of elections. He is keen to ensure that there is a strong and experienced supervisory team in place for the 2013 general elections.”

Cayman’s next election is likely to occur in May 2013, though a definitive date has not been set.

The governor’s statement also indicated that steps were being taken to update the country’s register of electors (voters).

Cayman’s electoral register hasn’t been updated since October 2010, lawmakers were told in June.

Cayman is legally required to update its electoral register once every three months. That hasn’t happened, mainly because the magistrate who was the revising officer for the elections office, Grace Donalds, did not have her contract for that post renewed.

The court system has since appointed former chief clerk Valdis Foldats to replace Ms Donalds as magistrate.

Cabinet Secretary Orrett Connor said the lapse in updating the registry didn’t affect Cayman Islands elections because no elections were held between October 2010 and the present day.

However, Mr. Connor noted there could presumably have been inconveniences in the jury selection process, for which the courts use the electoral registry. If a person had died, for instance, during the lull in the registrations it is at least possible that person’s name could still have been selected as a juror – further delaying the jury selection process.

The governor’s statement indicated that the elections office would be open between 8.30am and 5pm weekdays to deal with voter registration and electoral registry issues.

The new voters lists will come into effect on 1 October, the governor said.

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  1. I hope that some changes will also involve the way the last elections were handled by the members of the UDP party when they handed out a piece of paper with the names of their candidates on it.

    That is amazing to have supposedly conducted an investigation and none of the returning officers were interviewed to obtain any relevant information from them whom witnessed the pieces of paper being handed out to persons when they were heading into the poles.

    That is the level of investigative services we the constituents receive from the RCIP. Nothing is thorough, and relevant honest to goodness witnesses are never interviewed nor were statements taken from them. The first people that should have been interviewed should have been the returning officers, whose evidence would have changed the outcome of the investigation and the results would have been more beneficial for this country. Too many shady things about the way the RCIP investigates anything to do with the UDP. It’s as if they are afraid or scared to address it. They are too many contracted officers dealing with these types of investigations and don’t want to rock the boat and get kicked out of their jobs. Another reason why so many important matters are no longer being addressed and cases get dumped for lack of investigative work on the part of the RCIP.

    The Commissioner of police can sing all he wants on the talk shows about the work the police are doing, but he has failed miserably to get contain the criminal activity in this 55,000 appx population country.

    The Commissioner of Police is a failure to the Caymanian people and he should do us all a favour and resign immediately. He is full of hot air.

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