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No parties, only independents and alliances running in West Bay

The Cayman Democratic Party, which was formerly known as the United Democratic Party, is not making an appearance in this year’s general election.

MLA Austin Harris: I have not joined Progressives

Prospect MLA Austin Harris said Monday that he has not joined the Progressives political party, despite taking up the position as that party’s “whip” in Cayman’s government of national unity.

Current government was ‘nuclear option’ for Cayman Democratic Party

Documents purporting to draw up a legal agreement for the formation of a coalition government in Cayman following the May 2017 general election surfaced last week, indicating that Cayman Democratic Party officials viewed the current Progressives-led National Unity Government as “the nuclear option” at the time discussions were taking place.

Campaign donors partially revealed

Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital founder Dr. Steve Tomlinson contributed more than $194,000 to 10 political candidates during the final eight weeks of Cayman’s 2017 general election campaign.

Premier McLaughlin to lead 13-member coalition government

A coalition of 13 elected members of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly was sworn in Wednesday in downtown George Town, bringing an end to the political scramble that followed the territory’s May 24 general election.

CDP statement on new government

The Cayman Democratic Party has joined with the Progressives and a selected number of independents to form a government of national unity.

UPDATE: Longtime rivals join forces to form coalition government

For the second time in four days, longtime political rivals Alden McLaughlin and McKeeva Bush agreed to form a coalition government.

EDITORIAL – One Man, One Vote: Cayman’s stormy political seas

You could call it chaos, confusion and turmoil. We call it "Cayman Islands democracy in action."

BREAKING: PPM-CDP coalition forms … again

It’s Premier Alden McLaughlin and Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush … again.

EARLIER: Elected members struggle to form new gov’t and name premier

Discussions over the future of the government remained mired in uncertainty Sunday afternoon following a weekend in which Alden McLaughlin and then McKeeva Bush declared themselves premier, only for the deals to fall apart.

Bush strikes deal with independents to become premier

McKeeva Bush is set to become premier of the Cayman Islands, striking a deal with a group of independents, and reversing an announcement made hours earlier with the Progressives.

EARLIER: McLaughlin, Bush announced agreement to form new government

A diverse mix of political leaders has been chosen to form the next Cayman Islands government under Premier Alden McLaughlin, who will be serving his second term in that position.

Election over, scramble for gov’t begins

The Cayman Islands voters have had their say. Now it’s time for the 19 people they elected to decide who will run the government for the next four years.

Mixed reviews for first run of ‘one man, one vote’ system

As voters made their way to the polls Wednesday, candidates expressed mixed feelings about the new “one man, one vote” electoral system.

Candidates make last bid for votes

At least three rival rallies will take place across Grand Cayman Tuesday night as the independent candidates, the Cayman Democratic Party and the Progressives make their final pitch to voters before the midnight deadline for all campaigning to stop.

Rival supporters clash as campaign rallies heat up

Rival supporters crossed paths in the streets on Saturday as two political rallies intersected on a busy final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday’s general election. There were no reports of any physical violence.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Election candidates split over immigration restructure

Three candidates in Wednesday’s general election took deeply divided positions on immigration reform, with some favoring a work permit moratorium and others seeking to take the granting of work permits away from the Immigration Department entirely.

Education: Candidates seek new solutions to familiar problems

“Every effort must be made to make our educational facilities and teaching staffs second to none. All children deserve and must have a full and complete education.” Those words, from a November 1965 post-election editorial in the old Tradewinds publication about the need to prepare Cayman’s students for the demands of a growing offshore finance center, could just have easily been written in 2017.

Candidates demand more influence for National Security Council

West Bay candidates in the May 24 election demanded more influence for the National Security Council and oversight of police activities.

Candidates face off in GT North forum

Sharp differences in policy regarding waste management and the proposed cruise ship berthing facility punctuated the George Town North candidate forum on Tuesday night.
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Crime a focus of George Town East debate

Increasing concern about serious crime and illegal firearms marked the opening discussion at a debate among George Town East candidates on Monday night.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Candidate vows $500 subsidy for Caymanians in tourism industry

Mervin Smith, independent candidate in West Bay North, plans to use government funds and a higher minimum wage to support Caymanians in industries that have seen stagnating or falling salaries.

Candidates bemoan debate no-shows

Two political hopefuls for the district of George Town West bemoaned poor attendance during recent candidate debates, not by audience members, but by the candidates themselves.

EDITORIAL – The Ritch Report: The parting of the Red Bay candidates

Elections are about choices. Choices are about contrast. And in this election – where candidates’ views tend to overlap on the vast majority of issues, here is a topic where, between two candidates, there could not be a greater contrast.

Education, employment hot topics at Bodden Town West forum

Education and employment were hot topics Friday at the James Manoah Bodden Civic Center for candidates running in Bodden Town West.

Independents blast ‘career politicians’

Three of five candidates running for election in George Town South debated healthcare, traffic congestion and a cruise berthing facility, at the South Sound Civic Center on Thursday evening.

Premier: Progressives will bring more PR changes if elected

If re-elected, Premier Alden McLaughlin said, his Progressives government in its first year will make more “significant” changes again to the system that awards permanent residence to non-Caymanians.

West Bay South candidates face off at forum

West Bay South candidates faced off Monday evening on economic development, education and foreign employment during the latest Chamber of Commerce candidate forum.

Bodden Town East candidates discuss array of issues

Permanent residence applications, an emergency response center, education and gay rights were some of the topics facing Bodden Town East candidates at a candidates forum arranged by the Chamber of Commerce last Wednesday.

CDP outlines 100-day plan

In a 40-minute Saturday-night address, Cayman Democratic Party leader McKeeva Bush outlined an ambitious eight-point action plan for his first “10 to 100 days” if elected in May.

More independents, more women in 2017 general election

The 2017 general election has brought out more independent candidates and more female candidates than its predecessor in 2013, according to figures reviewed by the Cayman Compass.

EDITORIAL – ‘Where’s Alden?’: Different approaches to political chess

There’s a truism in political circles that goes, “Before voters ever choose their candidates – candidates have already chosen their voters.” That’s certainly what happened yesterday – Nomination Day – particularly with the Progressives.

Record-setting Nomination Day: 63 hopefuls compete for 19 seats

A record 63 candidates will contest the Cayman Islands general election on May 24 after a frantic day of nominations across the country generated some surprises.

McGaw-Lumsden, Pearlina

Pearlina McGaw-Lumsden is a Cayman Democratic Party candidate for George Town North.

AS IT HAPPENED: This is how nomination day played out

Returning officers will hear candidate nominations between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. today. Cayman Compass reporters will submit updates on location from the country's 19 nominating locations as they develop. — Ed.

Adam, Mike

Mike Adam is a Cayman Democratic Party candidate for George Town South.

Tibbetts, Denniston

Denniston Tibbetts is a Cayman Democratic Party candidate for Red Bay.

Bodden, Tessa (Theresa)

Tessa Bodden is a Cayman Democratic Party candidate for George Town East.

Crowded field facing off in Bodden Town

Cars jammed the sides of the main road from the public library to Cox Lumber as passing motorists honked their horns and shouted encouragement in the direction of two separate, competing events – announcing the political candidacies of election hopefuls Dwayne Seymour and Robert Bodden.
Elections 2017

Cayman Democratic Party sets party conference

The Cayman Democratic Party has set its annual general meeting for Saturday, March 25, at the University College of the Cayman Islands campus.The meeting will mark the formal start of the 2017 election campaign under the party’s theme.

Berry, Stafford

Stafford Berry is a Cayman Democratic Party candidate for Bodden Town West.

Legislature may go until last day

Government is running out of time to consider a long list of potential laws, including the Legal Practitioners Bill, the elimination of independent FOI and complaints commissioner’s offices and the establishment of local fuel market regulations, as lawmakers face the final three weeks of their current term.

Bush, Bernie

Bernie Bush is a Cayman Democratic Party candidate for West Bay North.

Ebanks, Eugene

Captain Eugene Ebanks is a Cayman Democratic Party candidate for West Bay Central.

Bush, McKeeva

McKeeva Bush is a Cayman Democratic Party candidate for West Bay West.

Jefferson, John Jr.

John Jefferson Jr. is a Cayman Democratic Party candidate for West Bay South.

Piercy, Jonathan

Jonathan Piercy is a Cayman Democratic Party candidate for George Town West.

Bodden, Robert

Robert Bodden is a Cayman Democratic Party candidate for Bodden Town East.

Ex-MLA Solomon to launch campaign

Former United Democratic Party backbencher Ellio Solomon will announce his candidacy for the May 24 general election Tuesday night. Mr. Solomon is not expected to contest the upcoming election as a member of his former party, now known as the Cayman Democratic Party.

Political coalitions forming ahead of May 2017 election

At least four, and potentially five political coalitions or political parties are readying to contest the Cayman Islands general election on May 24. Both major political parties, the Progressives and the Cayman Democratic Party, intend to field a slate of candidates.

EDITORIAL — New Year’s list: Our editorial agenda for 2017

Obviously, the predominant item on our agenda, at least for the first half of 2017, is the run-up to Election Day, May 27. Once our country’s population emerges from our winter holiday slumber next week, the “real” political campaign season will begin.

Travers joins Bush in call for more open immigration policy

Leading attorney and financial services advocate Anthony Travers took to the stage alongside former Premier McKeeva Bush at a Cayman Democratic Party rally Monday night to call for a more open immigration policy. Both Mr. Travers and Mr. Bush criticized government’s lack of action in dealing with hundreds of permanent residency applications and said the approach had to change.

‘We need unity’: Former foes Anglin, Bush bury hatchet before election

Former Premier Mckeeva Bush and his one-time education minister Rolston Anglin publicly buried the hatchet Monday night as they appeared on the same political stage for the first time since their acrimonious split prior to the 2013 election.

Against an early election

An early election will hurt Cayman and may delay single-member constituencies for four years.

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