Bryan drops raffle from Referendum Day survey

MLA Kenneth Bryan wants to conduct a national survey in conjunction with the cruise port referendum vote on 19 Dec. – Photo: Mark Muckenfuss

George Town Central MLA Kenneth Bryan has withdrawn the raffle incentive from his planned Referendum Day survey.

Bryan, the main organiser of the Caymanian Voice National Survey, in a statement over the weekend, said he decided not to move forward with the raffle incentive for the survey, “after much discussion with my political council and committee members”.

“We believe that though the raffle incentive may encourage more persons to participate in this non-governmental survey, it may undermine the credibility of the results,” he explained in a statement.

On Thursday last week, the MLA announced his intention to have stations set up outside each polling station on 19 Dec., the date of the people-initiated referendum on government’s cruise berthing and cargo facility.

He said the aim is to gauge public opinion by having participants answer six questions, two each on three topics: gambling, same-sex unions and ganja. He was offering prizes of $2,000 and $3,000 in other prizes for participation.

However, he pulled the plug on the prizes.

Bryan explained that his decision to withdraw the raffle was aimed at preserving the accuracy of poll results.

“It is important that we do our … best to make sure that the results are as credible as possible, as we hope that the finding of the results may finally bring some resolution to these sensitive/controversial topics and hopefully frame or shape the policy decisions of this government or the next,” he added in his statement.

Following the announcement of the survey, the Cayman Compass reached out to the Elections Office querying whether a survey could be conducted on the same day as the vote.

Elections Supervisor Wesley Howell said an exit survey is permissible.

Bryan is hoping to get a sample size of at least 10,000 respondents. He said he will have tents set up 300 feet from polling stations.

He said only registered voters will be allowed to take the survey and no personal information will be collected. The results will only be released after the referendum vote is announced.

Bryan, in his statement, renewed his call for volunteers to help him with the collection of the data.
“We look forward to a high number of participation in the survey and encourage those who would like to help by being a volunteer to contact us on 924-3111,” Bryan said.