Elections Office welcomes registration initiatives
The Elections Office has organised a voter registration drive starting Saturday, 1 September and continuing through Saturday, 1 December.
Cayman Islands Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez urged all qualified persons who wish to register as electors to take advantage of the drive in order to be able to vote in the May 2013 General Elections. Registration takes place at supermarkets around Grand Cayman on Saturdays from 10am until 2pm and at the Elections Office, Smith Road Centre, Monday through Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.
The final date for registration will be 2 January, 2013. If a voter is already registered there is no need to re-register. However, election officials emphasised, all registered electors are requested to inspect the register of electors for their respective districts to ensure that their details as shown on the list are accurate.
The registers of electors are now posted at all post offices and public libraries for inspection. The list can also be accessed on the Elections Office’s web site, www.electionsoffice.ky.
Mr. Gomez said it is essential for all registered electors who may have changed their address, whether within the same district or to another district, to complete the requisite Form 13 and submit it to the registering officer in their district or to the Elections Office. The form can be downloaded from the website.
For all individuals or groups interested in getting qualified individuals registered, the Elections Office welcomes their efforts, Mr. Gomez said. Because the district registering officers are the people responsible for compiling the registers of electors and determining whether a person qualifies, individuals or groups getting involved in the effort need to either bring these prospective electors to the Saturday registration stations or the Elections Office.
The Saturday district stations are located as follows: West Bay, Foster’s Republix and at The Strand; George Town, Kirk’s, Foster’s Airport and Hurley’s; Bodden Town, Foster’s at Countryside Village; North Side, Chisholm’s; and East End at the United Church Hall. For Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, the office of Mrs. Ellen Lazzari at Brac Executive Services.
Mr. Gomez reminded qualified individuals who are not now registered that if they are not registered they cannot vote. “The Elections Office is here to facilitate voters and to ensure that they have an opportunity to exercise their franchise,” he said.
A person applying for registration as an elector should bring a copy of his or her birth certificate. If the applicant was not born in the Cayman Islands, he or she should also submit a copy of the birth certificate of a parent or grandparent who was born in Cayman.
If the applicant possesses Caymanian status, he or she should submit a birth certificate and a copy of the letter or certificate of status.
Anyone who is not yet 18 on the day a writ is issued for an election but who will turn 18 on or before the polling date may register if he or she is otherwise qualified. If an applicant born in Cayman needs a copy of a birth certificate, it can be obtained from the General Registry in the Citrus Grove Building for $10.