Verification of signatures in a petition calling for a referendum into the proposed cruise port has reached 99%.

The Elections Office released its latest verification figures Tuesday, stating that as of 11am on Monday, it had confirmed 5,239 signatures. That figure includes three signatories that have asked to be ‘unverified’. This means 56 more signatures need to be verified before the number required to trigger a referendum is reached.

According to the Constitution, 25% of the electorate, or 5,292 people, can prompt a people-initiated referendum.

Elections Office staff have been tasked with verifying the signatures on the petition, which was handed over in June of this year. The petition, which contained a total of 5,862 signatures as of 8 Sept., was organised by Cruise Port Referendum Cayman.

In a statement issued last week, Supervisor of Elections Wesley Howell admitted that the remaining few individuals are “certainly the most difficult to reach”.

He said the Elections Office staff were increasing their efforts to contact those who have not yet verified their signature and were revisiting homes in their door-to-door efforts. He also urged petitioners who had not yet verified their signatures to contact the Elections Office.

In July, government announced that Verdant Isle Group is the preferred bidder for the port project, which involves building cruise ship berthing piers and a new cargo dock.

Anyone who has missed the door-to-door checks or who has recently moved can call 949‑8047 or email [email protected]

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