Suggestions for government

Firstly, I would like to congratulate the candidates who were successful in the 2013 General Elections. You have big shoes to fill; however, by all means try to fulfil the promises that you made to the people in your manifestos.

If someone in need comes to you for assistance, by all means, try to help them; if you cannot, then let the person know the reason why you cannot help them. That way, the person won’t feel that they were misled. Say what you like about the first premier, but he tried his best to help anyone who asked for his assistance. That is why he always tops the polls in West Bay.

I have a few suggestions for our new leaders.

I read a lot out of the 2009 Elections Law. What struck me as being so unfair is the fact that an elector who had someone witness their postal or mobile ballot application form; if that witness later became an agent for a candidate or candidates themselves, that witness would be prosecuted and the application that they witnessed would become void.

That police disenfranchises the elector from being able to vote.

That part of the law needs to be removed. Prosecute the witness/agent yes, but don’t disallow the voter from casting their ballot, so I hope our politicians read this letter and do something about removing that portion of the law.

Next, why is every candidate be allowed at least two agents for every polling division? With 56 candidates and 46 polling divisions, the poor election officers must have been overburdened with making IDs for each agent. Let each party or team have a maximum of three agents for each polling station. This will reduce time and money for government. So I hope that the politicians will take notice of this suggestion also.

Some provision should be made in the law for when emergencies occur after the date for receiving postal ballot applications has expired at the Elections Office. Simply allow the voter to put in writing what the emergency is along with their airline ticket. Then issue them a postal ballot. This will not disenfranchise the voter from casting their vote.

Next, the rollover system has to go like Bermuda did.

It didn’t work. Caymanians didn’t get the jobs that the person rolled over had. It only brought in another expat to fill that position and when the year was up, the first expat was brought back in again. That is why there are over 20,000 work permits and hundreds of Caymanians without jobs.

Next, there needs to be a moratorium set for the granting of Permanent Residency and Caymanian Status unless it is the spouse of a genuine Caymanian marriage. What is happening is that when professional or managerial expats come to Cayman to work, the first thing they do is to buy a house or an apartment, which qualifies for them obtaining Permanent Residency and later Caymanian Status. So there goes the opportunity for our Caymanian university graduates getting their job or moving up in the workplace.

Years ago, when we had politicians who really cared for Caymanians and the Cayman Protection Board did its job to protect Caymanians in the workforce, a moratorium was set on Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency and Caymanians had jobs – virtually no unemployment existed. Change has to come from our new politicians. Too many of our people are suffering.

Do away with the Nation Building Fund. It only helped certain government supporters and churches, but our children are going to school hungry every day, which hampers their learning ability.

Take that $10 million and help build a vocational school for our less academic students and a juvenile rehabilitation centre, which are so badly needed.

Thanks for the space and keep up the good work.

Edward C. Ebanks

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