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.