Referendum staff ready

Scores of workers are involved in the process

Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez had nothing but praise for the scores of people who have been working to make sure that every registered voter who wishes will have been able to cast a ballot on Wednesday, 18 July. 

Since the date for The Referendum (Single-Member Constituencies) Law was announced, 22 training sessions have been held in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac for returning officers and their deputies, logistics and transport officers, presiding officers and poll clerks, field officers, police, people who will staff the command centre, observers and scrutineers. 

A good number of these people have worked with the Elections Office for years, preparing for general elections as well as Cayman’s first referendum in 2009, Mr. Gomez said. Veteran workers bring the necessary skill sets and help familiarise newcomers with the procedures as contained in the law.  

Observers and scrutineers ensure that the rules are followed. 

“We couldn’t do it without teamwork,” he concluded. 

The last major meeting took place Saturday morning, when over 100 people gathered at the Mary Miller Hall to mark voters lists indicating who were issued a postal ballot or voted at mobile stations.  

Also noted were each district’s deceased since the latest official register of electors came into force. These updated lists will be used by poll clerks and observers through the day to 
keep a record of who has voted. 

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Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez sees off a mobile voting team.

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Transportation team leader Wayne Bodden supervises 16 drivers. – Photos: Carol Winker

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Chantelle Range-Ebanks marks a master list of all registered voters, while colleagues work on partial or “broken” lists that will be used at polling stations.

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