Voters approving ‘one man’, but not by enough

GT North
A significant majority of Cayman Islands voters were backing the ‘one man, one vote’ referendum question Wednesday night as poll results continued to roll in.

However, the “yes” votes were clearly not going to be enough to achieve the “magic number” of 7,582 needed to legally bind the government.

With hard by all the votes counted in North Side, East End, Cayman Brac-Little Cayman and West Bay 1,957 people (58 per cent) had said “yes” to the referendum and supported ‘one man, one vote’. A total of 1,415 people (42 per cent) from those three voting districts said “no” to the question.

In East End, 257 voters said “yes” and 79 said “no”.

In North Side, 335 voters said “yes” and 56 said “no” to the referendum.

In Cayman Brac, the vote was closer; 256 voters said “yes” and 203 voted “no”.

Results for West Bay that came in later in the evening had voters there narrowly rejecting the referendum question with 1,027 “yes” votes to 1,053 “no” votes with all the precincts counted.

While numbers were encouraging for supporters of the referendum, the turnout on Wednesday’s balloting was not.

The final vote count was just less than 8,500 ballots cast, not including postal ballots.

According to the elections office, 8,118 voters had turned up at the polls between 7am and 6pm Wednesday. Added to that were 293 mobile voters.

The number is significant for the referendum. It means that at least 7,582 people voted – the minimum number of “yes” votes or “no” votes that would have to be received for the ‘one man, one vote’ referendum to be binding on government.

However, with less than 8,500 of 15,161 possible votes cast it would appear that either side of the issue would have to obtain somewhere around 90 per cent favourable votes to win the day. Otherwise, the referendum would be considered only “advisory” to government.

With 1,133 “no” votes already counted, it appeared unlikely the required number of “yes” votes might be achieved.

Voting Ballot Box GT North

Ballot box from George Town North.
Photo: Norma Connolly.


  1. Not condoning…but sure they can…and they will. Ya’ll havent learnt yet?! Although it may not hold them in good stead for next election.

  2. The government jumped ahead of the OMOV petition so this was never going to be a Constitutionally binding referendum, at least according to the wording of section 70 of the Constitution.

    While it is likely that the government will choose to ignore the results because they are inconvenient, the people have spoken in favour of democracy.

  3. Suggesting that the Government will or will not ignore the yes votes is a double edged sword, if they were to make a change based on these thousands of Votes, they could just as easily be accused of ignoring the ones that Voted no.

    Rock and a Hard PlaceYou can’t please everyone..

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