Voters challenges, nomination day locations announced

Formal objections to the Cayman Islands voters list are set to occur next week, with six hearings taking place in five days.

Meanwhile, the Elections Office has decided it will host 19 venues for candidate nominations, one in each of the 19 single-member constituencies formed by the 2015 Electoral Boundary Commission. Candidate nomination day is March 29.

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Chief Magistrate Nova Hall, who is also Cayman’s Elections Revising Officer, will conduct the hearing of the public’s claims and objections to individuals who they believe should not be on the voters lists. More than 21,000 names are currently on the list, and the claims hearings are the last check for accuracy before the finalized voters list is published on April 1.

The hearings

Challenges in West Bay’s four constituencies will be heard on March 20, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Ed Bush Sports Centre conference room

Cayman Brac and Little Cayman challenges will be heard on March 21, starting at 10 a.m. at the District Administration Building in the conference room

Challenges in Bodden Town’s four single-member districts will be heard on March 22, starting at 10 a.m. in the Bodden Town Civic Centre

East End and North Side voter challenges will be heard on the same date, March 23, with hearings in North Side beginning at 10 a.m. in the Craddock Ebanks Civic Centre. In East End, the hearings are set for 2 p.m. at the William Allen McLaughlin Civic Centre

Challenges in all seven single-member constituencies within George Town will be heard on March 24, starting at 10 a.m. in the George Town Town Hall.

Nomination day

Returning officers will hear candidate nominations between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on March 29. Nineteen locations have been identified, so nominations can occur within the constituency where the candidate is seeking election.

The candidate does not have to reside in the constituency where he or she is seeking office, however, the two individuals nominating that person must be registered electors of that constituency. Candidates must file a $1,000 deposit, which will be returned to them unless they receive less than 10 percent of the total votes in the constituency.

In new requirements for the 2017 general election, candidates must also provide a 2-inch-by-2-inch color photo (passport size) which will be used next to their name on the ballot. Political party logos will also be listed on the ballot. If the candidate is an independent, “IND” will appear next to their name.

Disqualification

Although the Cayman Islands Constitution Order [2009] already states who can and cannot be a candidate in a general election, the amendments approved by the legislature last October to the Elections Law set out a process whereby eligible candidates are determined if questions arise.

The process allows the elections supervisor to apply to the Grand Court for a determination as to the qualification or disqualification of the particular candidate.

Candidate qualifications are determined in section 61 of the constitution, while disqualifying factors are set out in section 62.

The bill allows the Grand Court to make the final, unchallenged decision on a candidate’s eligibility.

Nomination locations

  • West Bay North – First Assembly of God Church Hall, 100 Finch Drive
  • West Bay West – West Bay Public Library, 204 Rev. Blackman Road
  • West Bay Central – Ed Bush Field Conference Room, 90 Stadium Drive
  • West Bay South – John Gray Memorial United Church Hall, 26 West Church Street
  • George Town North – St. George’s Anglican Church Hall, 66 Courts Road
  • George Town Central – George Town Town Hall, 43 Fort Street
  • George Town West – Smith Road Centre, 150 Smith Road
  • George Town South – South Sound Community Centre, 1012 South Church Street
  • George Town East – Agape Family Worship Centre, 50B Fairbanks Road
  • Red Bay – Seafarers Hall, 11 Victory Avenue
  • Prospect – Moravian Church Hall, 497 Poindexter Road
  • Savannah – Savannah United Church Hall, 17 Astral Way
  • Newlands – International College of the Cayman Islands, 595 Hirst Road
  • Bodden Town West – Agricultural Grounds Pavilion, 199 Lottery Road
  • Bodden Town East – Webster Memorial United Church Hall, 266 Bodden Town Road
  • North Side – Craddock Ebanks Civic Centre, 923 North Side Road
  • East End – William Allen McLaughlin Civic Centre, 80 John McLean Drive
  • Cayman Brac West & Little Cayman – Aston Rutty Centre, 264 Ashton Reid Drive
  • Cayman Brac East – Veteran’s and Seaman’s Center, 205 Ashton Reid Drive.
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