19 Dec confirmed as referendum date

Regulations published; date and question remain the same

The referendum date for the port project has been inked in as 19 Dec.

Government published the regulations to the Referendum (People-Initiated Referendum Regarding the Port) Law this week, confirming the date and question.

The law was passed by the Legislative Assembly last week, with authority delegated to Cabinet to set the date and question through regulations.

The question will remain as envisaged in the initial draft bill: “Should the Cayman Islands continue to move forward with building the cruise berthing and enhanced cargo port facility?”

Voters will provide a simple yes or no answer.

The question and date were removed from the bill during the Legislative Assembly debate to satisfy legal concerns that the law outlining the process for the vote should be passed before those elements are decided.

Other objections raised by lawyers acting for Cruise Port Referendum Cayman campaigners included concerns that cargo was included in the question and that the words “enhanced” and “move forward” were not neutral.

Government has maintained those elements in the question, gazetted this week, which has not changed from the original draft.