As of Saturday afternoon, the effort to prompt a referendum into the proposed cruise ship port needed just 332 more verified signatures to move the process forward.
The Elections Office on Monday released the latest statistics on its verification of a petition calling for a public vote on the project, stating that 93.7% of the submitted signatures had been verified.
Cruise Port Referendum Cayman began collecting petition signatures a year ago and handed the petition containing 5,438 signatures to the Elections Office on 12 June. Since then, another 303 signatures have been submitted.
Governor Martyn Roper tasked the Elections Office with verifying the petition signatures, a process that involved staffers carrying out door-to-door checks, or inviting signatories to verify their names at the Elections Office on Smith Road.
Two other referendums have gone to voters in Cayman, but this would be the first people-initiated one.
In order to trigger a referendum, 5,292 signatures, or 25% of Cayman’s 21,116 registered voters, are required. So far, 4,960 of 5,741 submitted signatures have been verified.
If the threshold is achieved, Cabinet would be required to put forth the referendum for a vote. Cabinet would also decide on the wording of the referendum and its question.