Election officials say they are proposing changes to the Election Law that may save time, expense and headaches come nomination day in 2017. Back in 2013 former Bodden Town Political hopeful Richard Christian was turned away for having a US passport. Meanwhile West Bay candidate Tara River, who has dual citizenship, was allowed to run and successfully secure a seat in the LA as a Cabinet Minster. Her election was challenged but she won her case in the courts.
Election officials say should a case like this arise in the future they would seek the counsel of the Attorney General and any challenge there after should come form someone who ran in the elections.
During a press conference Deputy Elections Supervisor Suzanne Bothwell said, “I think moving forward it may very well not be up to the elections office to say we are not going to accept your nomination. It may very well be put through. If there is an observation to be made it may very well be made and then that is the risk the candidate will run and if he or she is successful.” She added, “If a potential issue comes up after it may very well run its natural course or it won’t.”
Nomination day will be held on Wednesday March 29, 2017, at which point Cayman will know for sure who intends to stand for office.