Alden likely to be premier
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
McLaughlin said his party would look to work with any of the independent
candidates, including the Coalition for Cayman candidates, to form a
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.”
election results left the former ruling United Democratic Party with three
elected members alone in the district of West Bay.
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.