Premier proposes an alternative voting system

 Fresh off what he has claimed as a victory in the ‘one man, one vote’ referendum, Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush has proposed “continuing the discussion” on the country’s voting system.

During a broadcast address to the country Thursday night, Mr. Bush said he would form a “bipartisan group” to study the merits and demerits of an alternative voting system.

The system, as described by Mr. Bush, would create eight electoral districts on Grand Cayman – all with roughly the same number of votes and returning two members each to the Legislative Assembly. Under Mr. Bush’s proposal Cayman Brac and Little Cayman would maintain the same voting system.

“This would be in line with the principles of equality and fairness for voters in Grand Cayman as advocated by the one man, one vote committee but without the dangerous elements of single-member constituencies,” Mr. Bush said.

The premier conceded that this plan would be just one way to address any “perceived absence of equality”.

Right now, Grand Cayman has five voting districts which – as of the 2013 general elections – will return anywhere from six to one MLAs to the assembly.

“Let us continue the dialogue on improving our electoral system to make it one that our descendants will be proud of and thankful for,” he said.

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