I believe the political system in Cayman needs to be drastically changed.
From a population of 55,000 to 60,000, fewer than half of those are registered voters. Out of that half, around 50-70 per cent actually vote.
So we may end up with around 15,000 people deciding the fate of the country of 55,000 to 60,000 residents at any given time. That is not proper representation! Whatever happens with the political outcome of the country affects us all, not just Caymanians (whether born or granted) but everyone who calls these Islands home permanently or temporarily.
There needs to be a bigger voice when it comes to deciding the country’s future. The onus still needs to be on the Caymanians to have the overall deciding factor on who should take this country forward every four years.
The best way (in my opinion) is to have a points system for the voters, based on their status in the Islands. The ones running for office are elected based on who has the most points at the end of the election. This system would obviously work best with the one man, one vote theory that was proposed. This is how I think the allocation of the points should be done:
Born and bred Caymanian – 5 points
Cayman Status Holder – 4 points
Naturalized Caymanian – 3 points
Permanent Resident – 2 points
Legal Resident ( 7 years or more) – 1 point
With Caymanians carrying the most points (as it should be) the need for the candidates to continue to fight for the rights and progression of Caymanians is still necessary. Caymanians will still see the need to ensure that their voices are heard. In addition, those who are not Caymanian but do live here still need to have a say in how this country should progress because like I said earlier, whatever happens in this economy affects us all not just Caymanians.
That’s just my 2 cents…