Lawmakers approve referendum bill
A split vote among Cayman Islands legislators Thursday night will send the ‘one man, one vote’ referendum question to the voters in July.
The Referendum [Single Member Constituencies] Bill, 2012, was approved by a vote of 8-3 in the Legislative Assembly.
All government ministers and back bench members voted in favour of the referendum bill save Cayman Brac and Little Cayman representative and Deputy Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly. Ms O’Connor-Connolly said the majority of people in her area were against dividing Cayman Brac into two separate voting districts.
Opposition Leader Alden McLaughlin and Bodden Town MLA Anthony Eden voted against the referendum bill. MLAs Kurt Tibbetts, Moses Kirkconnell, Arden McLean and Ezzard Miller were not present for the vote Thursday night, according to a press release from the premier’s office.
Some changes were made to the referendum bill, but the question to be put to the voters on 18 July remained the same.
The results of the public vote will be binding on the government, but the referendum must be passed by more than 50 per cent of the entire country’s electorate.
Opposition members had argued in favour of a simple 50 per cent plus one majority of voters who showed up to the polls on 18 July, but the government did not assent.