The elections office isn’t waiting for the next generation of voters to come to them. Instead, elections officials are actively seeking potential new voters to get them registered right away. Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter is on the push being made to get young adults to the polls.
“I’m going to vote because it’s my right to vote, I want to have a say in the future of Cayman and how it’s going to affect me,” said Jevaughnie Ebanks a student at UCCI.
As election time is only about a year away, the election office has gone to UCCI to get the youths registered to vote.
“It is important for their upbuilding of their country going forward because they are our future leaders,” said registration officer, Patricia Ebanks.
As UCCI educates the youth to be prepared in the future, nothing like an election to show them what adult life is really about.
“A part of that preperation and a part of their education is has to do with them being responsible citizens and what is more indicitive of responsibility than excersizing your democratic franchise to vote,” said UCCI President, Roy Bodden J.P
Universities are about learning lessons, and one of them is understanding the influence a younger generation can have on the future of their country, if they vote now and as they get older.
“I am becoming of age where the things that are going on around me, there going to effect me eventually, so if I’m in a place where I can be able to make a change and be able to make the change favorable to me and my community then I mean why not,” said Rashien Petre, a student at UCCI.
Voting means listening to politicians bringing promises to enhance the country, and some students are wary.
“I don’t like when promises are made and aren’t fulfilled, I don’t like false hopes,” said Jada Ramoon, a student from UCCI.
But whether they feel today’s politicians aren’t representing them, or that they do, either is all the more reason to vote.
“It’s important because as a Caymanian it’s your right and you should always exercise your right no matter what, whether you are going to vote or not, you should still register,” said Rashien Petre.
The future of Cayman lies in the hands of the next generation, Philipp Richter, Cayman 27.
Mrs. Ebanks says that there are about nineteen hundred youths who are either 18 or turning 18 who are all eligable to register to vote.