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Today's editorial cartoon
Candidates celebrate after victories on Election Day.
The choices that voters make on Wednesday will have substantial consequences for the country and its inhabitants for the next four years and beyond. The campaign may be thought of as a sort of game. The election, on the other hand, is unmistakably real.
Visit the following locations to access the Revised Voters List.
Monday at 5:30 p.m. is the deadline to correct Voter List address for the upcoming national elections.
A list of 194 Cayman Islands voters with incorrect addresses on their registration has been whittled down to around 50, Elections Supervisor Wesley Howell said Friday. The list represents the individuals the Elections Office was unable to contact during its months-long voter registration exercise.
Well more than 100 people turned out for last week’s candidacy announcement by former George Town MLA Ellio Solomon, and at least 10 of them were hopeful candidates for the May general election seeking to determine which direction the political winds were blowing.
Although the total number of candidates who will contest the May 24 vote probably will not be known until nomination day, March 29, it is easily possible that a new record number of political hopefuls could be set.
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.
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.
Cayman Islands elections officials said voter registrations surpassed their own high mark, as more than 21,000 people are likely to cast ballots in the May 24 general election. Elections Supervisor Wesley Howell earlier estimated that as many as 20,500 voters could be registered by the deadline.
The Cayman Islands now has more registered voters than at any time in its history, and a last-minute push to get out the vote is expected to put the total over 20,000, according to Elections Supervisor Wesley Howell.
Can't vote — Editorial cartoon
The election season is now well under way in the Cayman Islands, and so is the quadrennial whisper campaign about unseemly quid pro quo arrangements between candidates and residents, trading cash, favors or goods for votes.
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.
Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick issued writs of election Wednesday to the 19 returning officers participating in the May 24, 2017 general election, normally viewed as the first formal step of the local election process.
Thirteen people registered to vote Friday evening during a drive by students of the International College of the Cayman Islands to get new voters signed up.
Registering to vote in the Cayman Islands cannot be done online for the May 24, 2017 general election. Registration must be done in person at either the Elections Office on Smith Road in George Town or with the registering officer in the district where the voter resides.
It seems a simple concept: Enter the voters booth, mark “X” next to one name on the ballot, and exit. However, Elections Office managers have received numerous questions at public meetings in recent weeks about the territory’s new “one man, one vote” system.
One man, one vote is an entirely new paradigm for Cayman, and it is impossible for anyone to predict what the results of the change will be. What you can be certain of, however, is that the Compass will dedicate our resources, efforts and time to ensure that Caymanians are prepared to vote in May 2017.
The final word on how the Cayman Islands’ 2017 general election will be held, including rules for registering political parties and how much candidates can spend in an election, has come down about a month after a flurry of legislative changes were debated in parliament.
A good portion of politics is appearance. And this sort of thing just looks … well … like “insider trading” – where political insiders were encouraged to trade cash possibly for influence, certainly for information.
All eligible Cayman Islands voters who wish to participate in the May 24, 2017 general election must meet a Dec. 31, 2016 registration deadline to get on the voters’ list, the elections office announced Tuesday.
Candidates for the 2017 general election will have personal responsibility for ensuring they are eligible for office under the Constitution.
The Elections Office expects to spend more than $1 million on a national voter information and registration campaign ahead of the 2017 general election.