Dec. 31 deadline for election registration

All eligible Cayman Islands voters who wish to participate in the May 24, 2017 general election must meet a Dec. 31, 2016 registration deadline to get on the voters’ list, the elections office announced Tuesday.

Cayman-election-next-year-(Read-Only)If an early election is not held, then April 1, 2017 will be the date the “register of electors” comes into force prior to the election.

Elections Supervisor Wesley Howell said in order to get on the April 1, 2017 list, voters must register by Dec. 31.

“I encourage [voters] to check whether they are now included on the register,” Mr. Howell said. “It will be updated every quarter until the April 1, 2017 list, which will be the last update prior to the elections.”

A number of MLAs, including East End representative Arden McLean, have criticized these deadlines in the past, stating it means voters have to register nearly five months before an election in order to vote.

If the regular election schedule is maintained, the current parliament will be dissolved on March 28, 2017. Nomination day will be March 29 for all eligible candidates, and on March 31 the elections office will announce the list of candidates.

Premier Alden McLaughlin has suggested that he could opt for early elections following the defection of some of the Progressives-led administration’s backbench MLAs, but the premier has made no definitive statements on the matter since.