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Today we feature highlights from some of what we consider to be the most compelling and important editorials that appeared in the Cayman Compass in 2017, dealing with some of the most pressing matters facing our country.
May 24, 2017 might have been Cayman’s “independents’ day,” but by May 29 a group of independent candidates – with a couple of exceptions – found themselves on the outside looking in at a second term for Premier Alden McLaughlin and his Progressives-led coalition.
Instead of making Cayman’s districts smaller, more numerous and more inward-facing, officials should have done the opposite: Make the entirety of the Cayman Islands one single district, and allow residents to vote on the same slate of candidates.
Several of the candidates in Wednesday’s election have indicated that their constituents have misgivings about the new electoral system in Cayman.
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.
Registration of political parties – whether a group contesting a Cayman Islands general election calls itself a political party or not – would be required under amendments to the local Elections Law due to come before the Legislative Assembly for approval in less than a month.