Come Thursday May 24 2017, Cayman will head to the polls to choose its leaders for another 4 years. The election date was announced today (May 6) during a press conference at the Government Administration building.
Elections Supervisor Wesley Howell says that date is set, baring any call for an early election.
Mr. Howell said, “As of today we are one year and 19 days away from election day, and we’ve been getting ready, and so we would like to ensure that folks understand what we are doing and what they need to do themselves.”
With an election date now in place, the race is on to ensure everything is in order for a new electoral system. Mr Howell and his panel say even if a snap election is called before next year Cayman will still vote under single member constituencies.
Deputy Elections Supervisor Suzanne Bothwell said,”The 19 single member electoral districts order of 2015, that is now in force so that order basically indicates that once the house dissolves any point time after that it came into force, then that order is triggered and there will be 19 single member electoral districts.”
Those at the elections office will embark on a mission that will take them door to door across all three islands educating voters on the changes single member constituencies will bring.
Ms Bothwell said, “One of the things that we will be dealing with it how many candidates can I vote for, which candidates can I vote for?” She added, “So we will be starting that message in July.”
Elections Supervisor Wesley Howell says for those who can’t wait for a knock on their doors they can visit the elections offices web site. Come election day Cayman will enter a new chapter and Mr. Howell said says he wants everyone reading on the same page.