Port Vote 2019

Port rivals battle for hearts, minds and votes

On social media, in the cinema, on the pages of internet blogs and newspapers, the battle for votes on the port project referendum is heating up. Citizen campaigners claim they are locked in a David vs. Goliath public relations fight. Government insists it is trying to educate and inform the people in the face of a tide of misinformation.

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No rules for campaign finance in port poll

While general elections typically have guidelines around how much each candidate can spend on advertising and PR in the run up to a poll, there were no such rules written into the Referendum Law for the port.

Referendums around the world

Referendums may be relatively new for the Cayman Islands, but around the world they have been used to varying degrees for some time as part of the democratic process.

Port poll highlights lack of proper referendum law

The absence of a proper referendum law in the Cayman Islands has been flagged as a major concern by all sides on the road to the port poll.

National Trust: Historic wrecks can’t simply be moved

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands is following closely ongoing discussions regarding the proposed cruise ship berthing facility. The National Trust issued statements in October 2015 and October 2018 expressing its concerns with the project’s impacts on sites of environmental and historical significance.

CPR happy with government’s acceptance of legal opinion

Cruise Port Referendum – the group behind the petition that triggered Cayman’s first people-initiated referendum – said it is pleased government has agreed in...

McLean criticises premier over 2012 referendum letters

Opposition Leader Arden McLean tables letters penned by Premier Alden McLaughlin in 2012 raising concerns about the one man, one vote referendum process and the conduct of the then government during the port debate this week.
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Bernie Bush makes ‘port exit’

West Bay North MLA Bernie Bush occupied his new seat on the Opposition benches on Wednesday morning on the final day of the debate of the Referendum Bill.

Cruise port debate: What your representative said

What each Member of the Legislative Assembly said in the house during the port referendum debate.

Date and question to be dropped from Referendum Bill

Government will drop the date and question from the Referendum Bill in an effort to head off potential legal action, Attorney General Samuel Bulgin...

Breakdown: Which electoral districts showed biggest support for the referendum?

Campaign group Cruise Port Referendum Cayman has released a statistical breakdown showing how many voters signed the petition calling for a vote on the piers in each constituency.

First batch of postal ballots heads out next week

Cayman is roughly one and a half months away from its first people’s-initiated referendum with staff at the Elections Office expecting to send out the first batch of postal ballots from 5-8 Nov.
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Q&A with Elections Supervisor Wesley Howell

Elections Supervisor Wesley Howell and his team have been hard at work getting ready for the historic Referendum Day. The Cayman Compass sat down with the Elections boss to find out what it takes to run a referendum.

Stage set for national debate

  Cayman's legislators go to the House today to thrash out the details of a law that will officially set the clock ticking towards the...

A historic opportunity for Cayman voters

Cayman is heading for a landmark moment in its history. More than 5,000 citizens have exercised their constitutional right to demand a say at the...

Campaigners consider legal action on eve of port debate

Lawyers acting for the Cruise Port Referendum Cayman campaign group are considering legal action if government pushes ahead with its current plans for a December poll.

Elections Office moving

The Elections Office moved over the weekend and is set to open at its new location at Baytown Office Suites on Monday.

Port opposition details expenditures

Officials with the Cruise Port Referendum Cayman organisation said they have spent less than $12,000 so far in their campaign to stop the cruise berthing facility proposed for George Town Harbour.

Port opponents lay out poll strategy

About 35 supporters of the Cruise Port Referendum Cayman group crowded into a small basement room in Sunset House on Thursday night to talk...

Gov’t runs 4,376 pro-port radio ads

The Cayman Islands government has run more than 4,000 Radio Cayman adverts as part of its ‘Support our Tourism’ campaign promoting the cruise and cargo berthing development, according to a Freedom of Information response.
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Referendum Day holiday gazetted

The 19 Dec. date was gazetted this week and will facilitate the vote on government’s $200 million cruise berthing and cargo port facility, which Premier Alden McLaughlin announced last week.

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