Caymanians voting in general election
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC):
Over 21,000 Caymanians are eligible to participate in Wednesday’s general election to determine the next Legislative Assembly for this British Overseas Territory.
This general election is a historic one as for the first time, Caymanians will begin the process of voting for a government under the equitable system of ‘one man, one vote’ in single member consistencies.
As a result, all voters will choose just one candidate on the ballot sheet in their electoral district.
The polls opened at 7 a.m. (local Cayman time) in the 19 electoral districts and will close at 6 p.m.
In what is seen as a straight race between the ruling People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) that has governed the country for the last four years.
Led by party leader and Premier Alden McLaughlin, there are 15 candidates representing the ruling party.
The main opposition Cayman Democratic Party (CDP), led by McKeeva Bush has eleven candidates.
There are 23 independent candidates.
The party to win at least 10 seats, will form the next government.
Late Tuesday, Supervisor of Elections, Wesley Howell said the counting of ballots will begin as soon as the polls close at 6 p.m. and the outcome should be known by midnight.
The general election is being observed by a team from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Led by Stephen Rodan, the President of Tynwald, which is the parliament of the Isle of Man, the mission members say they will be looking at the full process of the election following the territory’s historic shift to ‘one man, one vote’.
During a recent press conference Rodan said the team is aiming to offer an impartial and independent assessment of the election process and the team will have a preliminary report by Friday.