The Elections Office confirmed Monday that it has verified 74.8% of signatures in a petition calling for a referendum on the proposed cruise port project.

As of Friday, 3 Aug., Elections Office staff had received 3,958 forms from individuals verifying they had signed the petition. If 5,292 signatures are verified, that accounts for 25% of the electorate in the Cayman Islands – enough to prompt a people’s initiated referendum.

The Elections Office, which began a door-to-door verification process on 28 June, stated that 1,679 signatures remained to be verified.

Last month, Premier Alden McLaughlin announced that the Verdant Isle group had been chosen as the preferred bidder for the $200 million project. The group, which comprises cruise companies Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean, and local construction companies McAlpine and Orion Marine, will fund the project through capital from the two cruise lines and a loan from FirstCaribbean International Bank.

At a press conference to announce the successful bidder, the premier said no contract would be signed until the signature verification process had been completed.

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