Twenty nine bills in ten days a record by any measure. That’s how many bills were passed in the LA on Monday (24 October).
Legislators engaged in the painstaking process of going through each bill clause by clause in committee stage to make amendments where necessary. One such bill was the Election Law which takes Cayman from multi-member districts to single member constituencies.
Amendments to the Bill generated debate during committee stage as East End MLA Arden McLean picked apart the clauses, in particular, those related to party registration and de-registration. “What they are trying to do is control the process and you cannot control the process in such truncated process, you cannot, you cannot do that,” Mr McLean said.
Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin denied the MLAs assertions, explaining, the amendments were needed to establish a party registry and those provisions form part of that. Subsequent amendments were made to the bill.