Last 10% of port petition signatures to be verified

The Elections Office has verified 90% of the signatures needed to trigger a referendum on Cayman’s proposed cruise port.

According to the Elections office, as of Monday, 90.2% of the 5,292 signatures needed for a referendum have been verified.

The total of 5,292 represents the constitutionally required 25% of the electorate (21,116) required to hold a people-initiated referendum.

The Elections Office has verified 4,772 signatures so far and will need to verify just 520 more out of the 969 remaining signatures in order to cross the threshold.

More than 5,000 signatures in a petition calling for a referendum on the proposed project were originally submitted on 12 June, and then additional 199 were handed over to the Elections Office in July. Finally, another 104 signatures were submitted in August.

Officials began going door-to-door to verify signatures on 28 June.

The Verdant Isle group has been selected as the preferred bidder on the project to build a new cruise and cargo port project in George Town Harbour. Premier Alden McLaughlin has said that no contract will be signed until after the verification process and potentially a referendum takes place.