With all the votes counted in North Side, East End, Cayman Brac-Little Cayman, West Bay, Bodden Town and George Town; the vote tallies were roughly 65 per cent saying “yes” to the referendum and supporting ‘one man, one vote’. Around 35 per cent of those voting districts said “no” to the question.
The only voting district to reject the referendum question was West Bay.
In George Town, 2,360 “yes” votes were recorded compared to 993 “no” votes: 70 per cent in favour of the referendum question.
In East End, 257 voters said “yes” and 79 said “no”; a 76 per cent majority in favour of the referendum.
In North Side, 335 voters said “yes” and 56 said “no” to the referendum; nearly an 86 per cent majority in favour.
In Cayman Brac, the vote was closer; 256 voters said “yes” and 203 voted “no”; a 56 per cent majority in favour of ‘one man, one vote’.
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. The ‘yes’ votes only got 49 per cent in West Bay.
In Bodden Town, there were 1,396 “yes” votes and 617 “no” votes; a 69 per cent majority for the ‘one man’ supporters.
While numbers were encouraging for supporters of the referendum, the turnout on Wednesday’s balloting was not.
The final vote count was 8,677 votes cast in total, including postal and mobile ballots. That’s about a 57 per cent turnout.
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 and a few hundred postal ballots.
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. That number represents 50 per cent plus one of all eligible voters in the Cayman Islands.
However, with just more than 8,600 of 15,161 possible votes cast, either side of the issue would have had to obtain somewhere around 90 per cent favourable votes to win the day. Since they did not, the referendum will be considered only “advisory” to government.
In the end, the “yes” votes comprised only 37 per cent of registered voters while “no” votes made up just 20 per cent of registered voters.