Editorial for 18 July: It’s time to cast your ballot

You’ll notice that today’s newspaper is absent the political rhetoric about the one man one vote and focuses solely on procedural information.

We are banned, by law, from doing any more reporting on this issue until the One Man One Vote Referendum is finished when the polls close at 6pm today.

What we can tell you – or rather recommend – is that if you are a qualified voter in the Cayman Islands, please exercise that right today.

One of the most critical ways that individuals can influence government’s decision-making is through voting.

We don’t know what the outcome of today’s vote will be, but we have to acknowledge that this is indeed an historical day in the Cayman Islands.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, recognises the integral role that transparent and open elections play in ensuring the fundamental right to participatory government. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Article 21 states:

Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his/her country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.

Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.

The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot or by equivalent free voting procedures.

We urge everyone who is eligible to show up at the polls on Wednesday and make their mark.

Remember to leave behind your cell phones and cameras, even though this will be a history-making vote, whether it is approved or not.

Be sure to keep up with the voting throughout today at www.cayCompass.com and pick up your copy of Thursday’s Caymanian Compass early Thursday morning when we plan to have full coverage of the election and results.