The grassroots group that began the petition drive for a referendum on the ’one man, one vote’-single member constituencies issue said Friday that public debate on the matter is far from over.
“As we have witnessed with this government, when the results do not accord with their agenda they resort to spin and confusion of the facts,” the group wrote in a statement issued on 20 July. “That is not democracy and therefore, of necessity, the public debate will continue.”
The group did not state whether it would consider any legal challenges to the referendum or what might happen with the voter petition which – according to some accounts – had received more than 5,000 signatures; nearly as many as the number of people who voted in the 18 July referendum.
The ‘one man, one vote’ group indicated that, in its view, simply assuming those who did not turn out for the referendum vote would have been against the concept was erroneous.
“[This is] not supported by any factual evidence,” the statement released by the group read.
“The people can claim a strong victory,” the group stated.
Despite not reaching the set figure of 50 per cent plus one vote or 7,582 registered voters, in either direction, ‘one man, one vote’ supporters may be justified in feeling that they actually carried the day on 18 July.
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 had voters there narrowly rejecting the referendum question with 1,027 “yes” votes to 1,053 “no” votes. 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.