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The Elections Law contains limited provisions for the funding of political campaigns.
Revision of Cayman’s Elections Law was discussed on Wednesday in the Legislative Assembly. Opposition Leader Arden McLean raised the issue during committee stage of the review of the Referendum Bill for the people initiated vote on government's $200 million cruise berthing and port project.
Cayman is roughly one and a half months away from its first people-initiated referendum with staff at the Elections Office expecting to send out...
Legislators from both sides of the political aisle backed constitutional change that would make it easier for Caymanians living abroad to vote in general elections and for qualified Caymanians to seek political office, even if they have spent significant time overseas.
The Elections Law sets out procedures by which registered voters will cast their ballots and have them counted, but even people who are not voters will be affected by some of the law’s provisions.
The Cayman Islands will be “dry” on Wednesday – no alcohol sales are allowed – between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. as per the Elections Law.
Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush has called for amendments to the Constitution to clarify who can stand in Cayman Islands elections.
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.
Allegations of voter disenfranchisement, potentially affecting hundreds of Caymanians who reside overseas, have been made to the local Human Rights Commission in a complaint filed on Sept. 23. The case involves a Cayman Islands voter who went to court on Sept. 12 to challenge a decision by the Elections Office in 2012.
Caymanians who register to vote in the territory may not be allowed to maintain that voting status, depending on their place of residence, according to a recent ruling from the electoral revising officer.
The Elections Office expects to spend more than $1 million on a national voter information and registration campaign ahead of the 2017 general election.