Elections Law provides time off for voting
Wednesday, 22 May, is a public holiday in the Cayman Islands, but certain activities will be restricted because of the reason for the holiday – voters are heading to the polls for the 2013 general election.
Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez advised all business owners, candidates and electors to be aware of provisions in the Elections Law, especially as they apply to advertising, liquor and the requirement that employees be given reasonable time off to vote.
Since elections are being throughout all six districts of the Cayman Islands, the ban on liquor applies to all proprietors of premises to which a liquor licence has been issued under the Liquor Licensing Law. They are advised that on 22 May no intoxicating liquor is allowed to be sold, offered for sale or given away at any of these premises between the opening of the polls at 7am and one hour after polls close.
Polls are scheduled to close at 6pm, unless there are electors still in line to be polled. The ban on intoxicating liquor applies to all hotels, restaurants, bars and duty-free outlets. Those failing to observe these restrictions are guilty of an offence and liable upon conviction to a $500 fine or imprisonment for six months. The potential penalty is the same for offences against the law as it pertains to campaign advertising.
Mr. Gomez warned that no political advertisements, political broadcasting or political announcements are permitted on election day. All banners, posters and any other advertising materials must be removed by midnight on Tuesday. “The wearing of clothing, which exhibits the image of any candidate or contains any printed statement supporting any candidate or political party, will not be allowed within any polling precinct,” he said.
Employers are reminded that all registered voters working for them on election day must be allowed a reasonable period for voting. No employer shall make any deduction from the pay or other remuneration of any elector or impose or extract from that individual any penalty due to his or her absence. Electors are advised that children are not permitted in polling stations. Neither are cell phones, cameras and other forms of recording devices.