PPM wins GT, maintains strong majority

Alden likely to be premier

The
People’s Progressive Movement took four out of six Legislative Assembly seats
in George Town, with results being announced just after dawn Thursday in the
Cayman Islands’ largest voting district.  

The
win in the capitol gave the Progressives a total of nine seats in the LA, one
short of a majority required for a ruling government.

However,
the Progressives have previously said they expect to work with independent LA
members Arden McLean and Ezzard Miller to form a government and as the sun rose
on Thursday that is indeed what appeared likely, although the form that
government would take was not immediately clear.   

The
tally in George Town had former PPM Leader Kurt Tibbetts in first place, former
KPMG-Cayman managing partner and Coalition for Cayman candidate Roy McTaggart
in second, PPM leader Alden McLaughlin third, new candidate Marco Archer taking
the fourth seat, fifth place going to Coalition for Cayman-supported candidate
Winston Connolly and PPM newcomer Joey Hew elected to sixth seat in George
Town.  

PPM
leader Mr. McLaughlin was presumed to be the country’s next premier, although
he acknowledged some deal-making would lie ahead in the next few days.  

Mr.
McLaughlin said his party would look to work with any of the independent
candidates, including the Coalition for Cayman candidates, to form a
government.  

“We
have got nine seats, so we have to go now and talk to everybody in the piece
about their willingness to work with us,” Mr. McLaughlin said. “The country
does not need any more division.”  

The
election results left the former ruling United Democratic Party with three
elected members alone in the district of West Bay.  

In
addition to the two in George Town, independent candidates were elected in West
Bay, North Side, and East End, with lone People’s National Alliance member
Juliana O’Connor-Connolly being elected in Cayman Brac.  

15 COMMENTS

  1. I ask God to keep the Cayman Islands and its people safe for the next 4 years under the Red Government…I hope that history will not repeat itself as (2005-2009) or have the PPM supporters forgotten, I know I haven’t.

    OMG Alden for next Premier and Minister of Education? I trust that he will ensure that the students that need the scholarships will get them and not only just the chosen few!!

    Ezzard for Speaker?

    Wayne Panton, assist those that you made redunant back in 2009 (while employed with the law firm) that haven’t found a job get employment.

    #nuffsaid

  2. Roy Mctaggart for Minister of Finance! He is clearly the man for the job. PPM please swallow your pride and make this happen, our country needs him!

  3. Tara in charge of the Ministry responsible for overseeing/re-negotiating/amending FCIA would be a good idea, as most of the development will take place in her home district of West Bay. The idea of McKeeva having to go to her with hat in hand makes it even more appealing.

  4. I am pleased with the results; three more independent candidates instead of the three UDP would have been even better, but I am glad to see that most of us put Cayman First and chose candidates on the strength of what we believe they can achieve. Mr. McLaughlin, this is our chance; let’s improve education celeriter.

  5. For some reason, I really think we’re heading in the same direction as Jamaica. Yeah!, we might have direct taxes, but God Knows indirect taxes are going kill our asses.
    Yeah!, we all want the cost of living price to drop,for now, I would say better luck next time(next 4yrs).

    Its actually sad that we have forgotten what they’ve done in the past;infact, the past does place a significant role in the present. In my opinion the past track record for the PPM is not of great acceptance/standards.

    However, we all have to hope for the best,and we all need to start praying more often because I really believe our country is going to need heavenly INTERVENTION .

  6. CONGRATULATIONS TO PPM AND OUR NEW PREMIER. EVEN THOUGH SOME PPMers – OOPS PROGRESSIVES :) WERE NOT ELECTED THEIR EFFORTS CONTRIBUTED TO THE OVERALL SUCCESS OF THE PROGRESSIVES AND ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED. LET’S ALL WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY GREAT!!

  7. Money talks and bullshit walks. I hope you all will be able to work together for the betterment of the Cayman Islands and its people for the next 4 years!!

    Alden and Wayne what happen to unna RED shirts…LOL

  8. Well at least if the country finally goes bankrupt like we nearly did last time, we will know who all to blame. The people that voted them in should be flogged.

  9. Well it looks like Alden got what he worked so hard over the last four years to accomplish. So now it’s time to see if he lives up to all his promises. If so we should see the tax increases that were put in place by the UDP reversed, budget balanced and always on time, West Bay Road reopened, GT Dump remediated in place not in BT, Great deal on the cruise terminal and oh yes the relationship with the UK improved which should not be hard all he’ll have to do is do whatever they say..

    I have actually been waiting for this and I am looking forward to seeing how much different the PPM will be from the UDP after hearing them fight the UDP at every turn for the past four years and how much better they make Cayman. I would love to see things get better for Cayman but time will tell..

  10. I was hoping for a more coalition Govt, but PPM will do. As long as BIG MAC isnt in charge… I am happy!!!

    Congrats to the West Bayers who voted in Tara.. The time for change is indeed here!!!!

  11. WELL OUR PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN AND I HOPE THIS NEW GOVERNMENT WILL WORK TOGETHER WITH THE OPPOSITION FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS.

    WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH ALOT RECENTLY AS A RESULT OF THAT THERE WAS MUCH NEGATIVE PUBLICITY. I HOPE AS TIME PROGRESSES WE CAN BEGIN TO BE LOOKED AT AGAIN AS THE EXAMPLE OR BEACON OF THE CARIBBEAN.

    AS WITH ANY ELECTION, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE HARMONIOUS CHEERS OF JOY AS WELL AS WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH.

    I CAN JUST IMAGINE HOW JOEY FEELS RIGHT NOW, BUT THE PEOPLE OF NORTH SIDE HAVE SPOKEN.

    MY CAYMAN ISLANDS LET US WORK TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD OF THIS COUNTRY.

  12. I believe Mr. Mclaughlin is reversing an old metaphor of you don’t have to respect the man but respect the uniform In this case you don’t have to respect the colors, but respect the man. Congratulation Cayman.

  13. Well all the hype and promises are now behind us. Will the PPM reopen the West Bay Road?
    The hurricane season is expected to be very bad, what plans do they have for that potential problem?
    What are the top priorities of the PPM now they are in power?

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