We at the Caymanian Compass often wonder, then, why no one ever seems to like anything that’s written in it.
Members of the People’s Progressive Movement – the ruling government at the time the Constitution was drafted – have since claimed it didn’t actually end up giving Cayman the territorial autonomy they intended it to in some instances. For this, they blame Britain.
North Side Member of the Legislative Assembly Ezzard Miller believes the Constitution requires a “one man, one vote” provision to be enacted. Yet he’s having to force a referendum to try and get the issue passed; he blames the current elected government for that.
The casual observer will hear grumblings all along the marl road about “this darn Bill of Rights” that the Constitution is bringing into force [most of it anyway] later this year. Presumably, voters knew the bill was there but they also tend to blame the UK for “forcing it” upon the territory – the results of the May 2009 balloting aside.
And now, according to preliminary results from our newspaper’s most recent online poll, a large majority of people don’t want 18 elected representatives in the Legislative Assembly – as the Constitution requires – they want to keep the number of reps at 15.
We can only deduce that a sizeable number of Cayman voters didn’t really understand what they were supporting in 2009 when they voted for the Constitution Order.
Too late for crying over spilt milk on this issue, we suppose. However, we point out that another referendum regarding “one man, one vote” is coming up next month.
We would like to take this opportunity to urge voters to take their time, research the matter and please, understand what you are supporting. The 18 July vote should not be about a single person or party.
It is the entire future of the territory Caymanians will decide.