Cayman Islands voters will head to the polls on 22 May, 2013, to decide the makeup of the territory’s Legislative Assembly.
The date was set in an official gazette signed by Governor Duncan Taylor last Thursday.
The May 2013 elections will mark an increase in the number of legislators Cayman sends to the assembly; they are expected to go from the current 15 members to 18.
It is also possible, depending on what happens with a referendum set for this July, that voters could be electing their representatives from 18 single-member districts, rather than the current two single-member districts and four multi-member constituencies. The July referendum would have to receive the approval of more than 50 per cent of Cayman’s total voting population to make the change.
The gazette signed by Governor Taylor also sets forth a number of key dates prior to the 22 May, 2013 general elections.
Notice of nominations for those seeking office will be sent out on 19 March, 2013.
The current Legislative Assembly will be dissolved on 26 March, 2013 at which time a proclamation will be issued declaring the general elections. The official nomination day, at which time any candidates must declare their intentions to run for office, will be 27 March, 2013.
The gazette also sets out registration dates for new voters ahead of the 2013 general election; the final registration date for the July referendum has already passed.
The registration date for the fourth quarter 2012 Register of Electors is 1 July, 2012; registration date for the first quarter 2013 Register of Electors is 1 October, 2012; and the registration date for the second quarter 2013 Register of Electors is 1 January, 2013.