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Snap elections possible

The country ponders the possibility of a snap election.

Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin confirms with Cayman 27 he is considering calling an early country-wide vote following the departure of three colleagues from the government benches.

In response to our question on the matter, the premier said,  “In the present circumstances, indeed it is a possibility and something that has to be considered.”

Within the last couple of months, Bodden Town MLAs Anthony Eden and Alva Suckoo left the Progressives ranks over a disagreement on how partners in a same sex union should be classified under the immigration law. And most recently, independent George Town representative Winston Connolly said he left his post as Education Councillor so that his private member’s motions could “see the light of day and not be at the mercy of the premier or the party.”

If an election is called before May 2017, it would mean the electorate would cast its ballot under the current mixed-member system, as there would not be enough time for the law change to implement one person one vote and get the elections office ready.

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Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman is a Caribbean journalist with more than 15 years in the industry. Her roots steeped in print journalism, she made the transition to television in 2007. A reporter and talk show host in the Cayman Islands, she has focused on political and social issues affecting the community. She took the helm of the news product at Hurley's Media Ltd. as News Director in November, 2015. Ms Sulliman was raised in Trinidad & Tobago and graduated with honours in French Linguistics and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She is a proud mother and privileged to call the Cayman Islands home.

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