It seems to us that the conundrum over
Education Minister Tara Rivers’s eligibility for elected office in the Cayman
Islands could be resolved quite quickly and without the bother of bringing the
matter to the Grand Court.
First, we must state that – at this point –
our newspaper has no evidence that Ms Rivers is not absolutely qualified to
stand for office in the Cayman Islands. We will, and should, leave it to the
courts of this jurisdiction to sort that out since the matter has already been
However, if the upcoming court action
reveals something is indeed amiss, there are two likely possibilities in our
officials didn’t do a proper job in vetting the candidacy.
Rivers and/or her staff did not make proper disclosures.
Again, we don’t know that anyone has done
anything wrong, but it seems that either the officials or Ms Rivers could come
forward with more information in the public domain than they have at this
Frankly, we are unimpressed by the
minister’s self-serving four-paragraph statement about the elections challenge.
We are equally unimpressed by the local elections officials’ responses to our
questions about the matter, which have been straightforward, but not
So, instead of real answers, everyone
involved seems to be playing the time-honoured game of responsibility avoidance
and leaving it up to the courts – not the voters – to decide who gets to be an
elected official when, in reality, this should already have been determined
well before nomination day.
The last thing our country needs right now
is more divisiveness. We’re sorry to have to see this challenge go to court at
all when the answers are, very likely, right at someone’s fingertips.