Cayman Politics

PACT delays opening overseas offices

The PACT government is postponing plans that were put in place by the previous Progressives administration to open new overseas offices in the US, Europe and Asia and will retrain the staff newly hired for those offices to take on different roles.

Finance Committee approves pay increases for MPs

Members of Parliament have voted to increase their salaries and constituency allowances, which were originally approved by the Cabinet of the Progressives government earlier this year, at a meeting of the Finance Committee on Monday.

Panton: ‘PACT is intact’

Premier Wayne Panton fired back in response to claims of division within his administration levelled by Opposition Leader Roy McTaggart during Thursday's debate in Parliament on government's Strategic Policy Statement.

Free healthcare for kids and elderly among government goals

Following the release of the Strategic Policy Statement this week, here is a look at what the PACT government hopes to achieve in 10 key areas.

Premier alludes to decriminalisation of marijuana

Premier Wayne Panton has pointed to decriminalization of marijuana as a means to get more young Caymanians into jobs as he outlined plans for increasing employment and improve educational opportunities.

Government to borrow $330 million to fund capital investments

Government intends to borrow $230 million in 2021 and another $100 million in 2022, to fund capital projects.

Opposition leader finds SPS presentation lacking

Opposition Leader Roy McTaggart took aim at government's Strategic Policy Statement presentation Wednesday, saying it lacked "sufficient meat" to give the country clarity on implementing the plans and policies of the Premier Wayne Panton-led administration.

Panton maintains vaccination push; puts education, environment top of agenda

From ensuring local school children are feed to plans to reform work permit fees Premier Wayne Panton outlined his administration's roadmap to recovery for the Cayman Islands Wednesday in his Strategic Policy Statement.

Panton to deliver inaugural SPS under PACT

Premier Wayne Panton is set to deliver, on Wednesday in Parliament, his government's maiden Strategic Policy Statement which is expected to outline PACT's fiscal and policy agenda.

Cayman’s ‘opaque’ election campaign financing rules flagged

The 'Election Expert Mission' from the British Islands and the Mediterranean Region has identified the lack of transparency in election campaign financing as one of the key areas for growth highlighted by their report, made public on Friday.

McLaughlin: ‘We need to keep the pension holiday’

Opposition MP Alden McLaughlin has questioned whether government intends to continue the pension holiday which is set to expire in just under three weeks.

Panton calls press briefing for 2pm

Premier Wayne Panton will be holding a media conference this afternoon at 2pm where “important” announcements will be made, the Office of the Premier has said.

Opposition calls for PACT border-reopening plan, knocks ‘silence’

Opposition Leader Roy McTaggart has taken aim at the Premier Wayne Panton-led PACT government over its delay in announcing a formal reopening plan, saying a target date is needed now.

First Public Accounts Committee hearing postponed

The first hearing of the new Public Accounts Committee has been deferred for one week to allow Ministry of Finance staff to complete their work on the PACT government's inaugural strategic policy statement, PAC chairman Roy McTaggart has said.

Election observers raise concerns over ‘shadow party system’

Election observers have raised concerns in their report on this year's general election about candidates who ran as independents but who had unannounced political...

Premier Panton joins pre-Joint Ministerial Council meeting

Premier Wayne Panton joined leaders of other British Overseas Territories to set the agenda for the Joint Ministerial Council meeting with the British government in London later this year.

Candidates spent $1.22 million during election campaign

Candidates in the 14 April General Election spent between $3,000 and $40,000 during the six-week election campaign this year.

Votes for life for British citizens living abroad

British citizens living in the Cayman Islands and anywhere overseas will have the right to vote in UK elections regardless of how long they have resided abroad.

‘Patchy’ reporting of government travel expenses and salaries

Some senior government officials are failing to consistently disclose details of publicly funded travel expenses, despite a policy requiring them to do so.

Progressives admit being ‘blindsided’ by PACT

Former Premier Alden McLaughlin, speaking at a press conference at which the Progressives announced the make-up of its shadow Cabinet today (13 May), said his party had "blindsided" by independents who joined the PACT government after apparently giving undertakings to form an alliance government with the Progressives.

Premier: Codes of conduct being actioned

Premier Wayne Panton has said the introduction of codes of conduct for parliamentarians and the Cabinet remain a priority for the PACT government.

The first 100 days: How PACT could look to make a quick impact

As the Cayman Islands looks ahead to a new era under the leadership of Premier Wayne Panton, a blueprint for the possible direction of the country is beginning to emerge.

Parliamentary secretaries receive instruments of office

Government’s three parliamentary secretaries received their instruments of office for their appointment on Tuesday, from Governor Martyn Roper at his office in the Government Administration Building (GAB).

Unsuccessful MPs weigh their political futures

For former West Bay Central MP Capt. Eugene Ebanks, his defeat at the polls signalled the end of his political career, and a broader change in Cayman’s political landscape. A veteran politician, Ebanks had previously won five consecutive elections. Now he is calling it a day.

Panton announces new Cabinet

Premier Wayne Panton has announced the members of his Cabinet under the PACT government.

Seven days in Cayman: The rocky road to power

A week is often said to be a long time in politics and that has proved to be the case over the past seven days in the Cayman Islands.

O’Connor-Connolly defends decision to join Panton’s government

In the first meeting of Parliament under the new administration, Cayman Brac East MP Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, who accepted a Cabinet role in Wayne Panton's government just hours before legislators were sworn in on Wednesday, defended her decision to leave the Progressives opposition.

McTaggart heads up Public Accounts Committee

Leader of the Opposition Roy McTaggart has been named chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

Lawmakers recount gruelling campaign, urge ‘country first’

Cayman's new government, led by Premier Wayne Panton, has called for a 'country first' approach as the island's 19 elected MPs leave what has been a gruelling political contest behind.

PACT government: Time for talk is over

The proverbial dust has now settled on the 2021 election, with Cayman’s PACT government, led by Premier Wayne Panton, in place with the new leadership ready to get to work.

McKeeva Bush: What the candidates said on the campaign trail

It was the million-dollar question that nearly every candidate was asked at some point or other on the campaign trail – “Would you work with McKeeva Bush?”

Panton vows to build a fairer Cayman

Wayne Panton was officially confirmed as the new premier of the Cayman Islands on Wednesday afternoon, vowing to unite the country and build a...

Governor welcomes code of conduct for parliamentarians

Governor Martyn Roper, in his speech after swearing in members of Cayman’s new government on Wednesday, said he welcomed its plans to introduce a code of conduct for parliamentarians.

Sights and sounds from swearing-in ceremony

Pictures and videos from the swearing-in ceremony of the ministers and members of the Cayman Islands government.

As it happened: Wayne Panton elected as Cayman’s new premier

Wayne Panton's PACT coalition of indepdents is being sworn-in as Cayman's new government today. Follow the swearing-in ceremony here.

Juliana, Isaac join PACT government

Former Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has accepted a Cabinet position in Wayne Panton’s government, while new East End representative Isaac Rankine has come back to the coalition of independents.

Demonstrators gather to support PACT transition

Protestors returned to downtown George Town on Tuesday to continue their opposition of the Progressives party and support a transition to an Independent-led government.
Cayman Islands Crisis Centre

Crisis Centre rejects Bush-PACT money

The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre has rejected any monetary contribution from West Bay West MP McKeeva Bush who was convicted of assaulting a woman last year.

Panton poised to be premier as governor sets swearing-in for Wednesday

Governor Martyn Roper has set 3pm Wednesday for the swearing in of the Wayne Panton-led PACT government.

The issue explained: Can Speaker Bush help PACT form a stable government?

With the PACT team of independents and the Progressives and their partners locked at 9-9, McKeeva Bush has become the kingmaker and looks set to return to the Speaker's chair where he could cast the deciding vote to make Wayne Panton Premier. We explain some of the law and the debate surrounding the viability of that arrangement.

Cayman Voices: Mac PACT deal a ‘price too high to pay’

Cayman Voices founder Taura Ebanks has spoken out against the Wayne Panton-led PACT deal which puts West Bay West MP McKeeva Bush back in the Speaker's chair.

Bush explains PACT with Panton

West Bay West MP McKeeva Bush issued a fresh apology for his assault on a woman last year as he confirmed he signed on to be Speaker in Wayne Panton’s coalition of independents in a move that could help them secure the government.
Wayne Panton and McKeeva Bush

Panton announces new deal to form government, with McKeeva Bush as Speaker

Wayne Panton, the leader of the newly formed PACT Independent Group, announced a deal to form a government that would see McKeeva Bush return as speaker of the house.

Analysis: Who ‘won’ the election?

The last few days following the election have seen claims across the political divide over who won the election.

Governor: ‘Urgent review’ needed of online harassment of MPs

Governor Martyn Roper has said he has asked Police Commissioner Derek Byrne to conduct an 'urgent review' of online harassment aimed at elected representatives seeking to work through formation of a coalition government.

McTaggart calls for calm as negotiations continue

Progressives leader Roy McTaggart has said talks to form a government are still very much on as he continues to negotiate with independent members.
Wayne Panton

What could we expect from a Panton government?

Like other political candidates, the ‘Community Creates Country’ manifesto of Wayne Panton and Heather Bodden notes that Caymanians are being left behind.

Protests outside Rankine’s home after meeting is cancelled

Newly elected East End representative Isaac Rankine has cancelled a planned constituency meeting this afternoon, citing public safety concerns following "social media posts inciting violence".

Panton claims Progressives must accept “will of the people”

Progressives leader Roy McTaggart confirmed this afternoon that he has met with Wayne Panton, the leader of a group of independents, to discuss the possibility of forming a coalition government.

McKeeva Bush meets with Panton but no deal announced

McKeeva Bush departed talks with Wayne Panton and his coalition of independents on Friday afternoon, with no official word on whether the Speaker would be involved in helping Panton shore up his coalition. 

Where they stand: The status of negotiations

By Friday evening, neither Roy McTaggart's Progressives-led alliance nor Wayne Panton's coalition of independents had a clear majority of 10 MP-elects necessary to form a new government.

Rival groups locked as Turner rejoins Panton’s coalition

Seven representatives led by Wayne Panton attended a public meeting  Friday evening called by newly-elected member for Prospect Sabrina Turner to confirm she has returned to the group.

EDITORIAL: Cayman craves cohesion not chaos

The people of the Cayman Islands had their say at the polls on Wednesday, 14 April – in what was a peaceful and well-organised democratic election. 19 Members of Parliament emerged victorious that evening, ranging from decades-serving politicians to completely fresh faces.

Turner back with independents, Panton looks to form government

Newly elected Prospect MP Sabrina Turner confirms she is a ‘member of the independent government’ as she describes it.

Governor: Panton only candidate to claim government so far

Governor Martyn Roper said Friday he has yet to receive any further representations from any group seeking to form a government since his meeting with Wayne Panton on Thursday.

Timeline: How we got here

At close of polls on Election Night, the Progressives were expressing confidence that they had enough support among a handful of independents to form the next government, while Wayne Panton, tipped widely - along with Chris Saunders - as potentially being the next premier if the independents prevailed, said he was sure Cayman voters wanted to see a change in government and would support the independent candidates.
McKeeva Bush

Mac back in the fray as negotiations continue

Wayne Panton's coalition of independents could be back on, with McKeeva Bush entering the fray as a possible partner for the group.
Wayne Panton, Roy McTaggart

Poll: Who should form the next government?

Cayman waits on the formation of a new government. The race to the premiership sees Progressives leader Roy McTaggart facing Wayne Panton, who is leading a coalition of independents. Who do you think should from the next government of the Cayman Islands?

Five female candidates head to Parliament

Five female representatives, two more than that of last legislature, will be taking their seats in Parliament.

Upsets, close contests and foregone conclusions

The Cayman Islands saw the highest-ever number of eligible voters (23,594) and votes cast (17,247) last night, but, at the same time, the turnout of 73.1% was a record low and down by one percentage point compared to the last general election in 2017.

Progressives claim formation of government, breaking Panton’s PACT

Progressives Leader Roy McTaggart has announced that he has secured agreement with ten elected members enabling is party to form the government with him elected as Premier.
Roy McTaggart and Wayne Panton

The issue explained: The race to be premier

When is the race to form a government finalised? We answer some of the key questions surrounding how a government is formed and Premier appointed.

Progressives still seeking to form a government

Wayne Panton's government of independents may not be a done deal just yet with the Progressives hoping to break up the so-called PACT alliance.

Panton meets governor as independents announce coalition

The successful independent candidates in Wednesday's general election have announced that they have joined forces and intend to form Cayman's new government, with Wayne Panton as premier.

Students shadow Compass reporters during election

Election Day in the Cayman Islands has proven to be one of the longest days every four years for journalists, who consistently work from as early as 4:30am to about 2am, chronicling the results.
Roy McTaggart and Wayne Panton

Cayman waits: Rival factions vie to form government

While the dust may have settled when it comes to winners in the 2021 election, the actual formation of Cayman's government remains under heavy negotiations.

The day after: Victorious candidates and challengers react

Victorious candidates and challengers take to social media to share their reactions to the 2021 general elections in the Cayman Islands.

McTaggart looks to lead coalition as Progressives prevail

Roy McTaggart looks set to be the next premier of the Cayman Islands with the Progressives in pole position to lead a coalition government.

CATCH-UP: Compass election night broadcast

Join Compass editor-in-chief Kevin Morales and news editor Caroline James for coverage from election night, as the votes came in and our panel of political analysts shared their take on all the happenings from the general election. 

Photo gallery: Images from election day

Photos from across the 19 districts of the 2021 general election of the Cayman Islands.

Election night as it happened

Roy McTaggart looks set to be the next premier of the Cayman Islands with the Progressives in poll position to lead a coalition government.

Steady flow as votes near 50% mark

Almost half of Cayman's voters have already turned out at local polling stations to cast their ballots in the 2021 general election.

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