Prospective candidates have only one day to be officially nominated
The Elections Office has set out details for Nomination Day on 27 March – the only day which nominations will be received for candidates to fill 18 elected seats in the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly.
As previously reported (Caymanian Compass, 15 October), Governor Duncan Taylor will dissolve the present Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, 26 March, as the Cayman Islands Constitution provides.
On that date, he will also declare a general election for the territory. The date of the general election has been set for Wednesday, 22 May.
Nominations take place in each of the six electoral districts, five in Grand Cayman along with the Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The Elections Office has selected the following venues for nomination stations:
George Town, The Smith Road Centre, 150 Smith Road.
Bodden Town, The James M. Bodden Civic Centre, 445C Bodden Town Road.
West Bay, The John Gray United Church Hall, 26 West Church Street.
Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, The District Administration Building Conference Room, 19 Kirkconnell Street.
East End, The William Allen McLaughlin Civic Centre, 80 John McLean Drive.
North Side, The Craddock Ebanks Civic Centre, 923 North Side Road.
Returning officers will be at these nomination stations between 8am and 3pm in order to receive nomination forms, along with requisite deposits of CI$1,000.
Deposits can be made in cash or by cashier’s check drawn on a local bank. This deposit is refundable only if a candidate receives more than one-tenth of the total of votes polled in his or her district.
Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez advised all prospective candidates to be conversant with the qualifications and disqualifications for elected members of the Legislative Assembly. These are set out in sections 61 and 62 of the 2009 Constitution and section 30 of the Elections Law (2009 Revision), which addresses offences in respect of nomination papers.
Election officials also urged all prospective candidates, if unsure as to whether or not they qualify, to seek legal advice prior to Nomination Day.
Candidates may obtain their elections kits from the Elections Office for a fee of $125.
These kits include all relevant laws, the constitution and other topical information, including nomination forms.
When the Legislative Assembly is dissolved, the seats of elected members will become vacant. The assembly would not meet again until after the general election unless a matter arose that in the opinion of the governor was urgent, in which case he could recall the assembly.
Cabinet ministers continue in office until the general election.