Cayman’s 2017 general election will set an all-time record for the number of eligible voters, but there are about 240 fewer voters than the Elections Office reported in January.
According to figures released Wednesday, after voter challenges and claims were heard last week, a net loss of 239 voters was recorded, putting the final number of eligible Cayman Islands voters at 21,226. In January, the Elections Office reported there were 21,465 eligible voters. The final voter number of 21,226 is about a 15 percent increase in the number of voters who were registered ahead of the May 2013 general election, the last one held in the Cayman Islands.
It is a nearly 40 percent increase over the 15,163 people registered for the July 2012 one man, one vote constitutional referendum.
The May 24 election will be the first one held in the territory since the 1950s under the one man, one vote single-member constituencies arrangement. Voters in Cayman’s 19 districts will be able to choose just one candidate on the ballot.
According to Elections Office numbers, the largest voting district, Bodden Town East, has more than three times the number of voters (1,513) than the smallest constituency, Cayman Brac East (484).
The five largest constituencies are Bodden Town East (1,513), Bodden Town West (1,441), West Bay South (1,340), Savannah (1,336) and George Town East (1,267).
The smallest five voting districts are Cayman Brac East (484), Cayman Brac West/Little Cayman (578), East End (692), North Side (716) and West Bay Central (1,057).