Voters to weigh-in on future constituencies

| 25/04/2010

(CNS): Public meetings regarding the changes to the country’s political landscape begin on Monday evening in George Town. The public is being encouraged to meet with representatives of the new Electoral Boundary Commission (EBC) this week to offer opinions and comments on how three extra representatives should be added to the Legislative Assembly and where and how future constituencies should be shaped. George Town residents will have the opportunity to meet and make submissions to the EBC on 26 April, from 7- 9pm at the Mary Miller Memorial Hall, while West Bay residents can meet on Tuesday, 27 April, at the John A. Cumber School Hall also from 7-9pm.

The Commission is chaired by Carl Dundas, with Norman Bodden and Adriannie Webb as members, who will be collating the information they receive in order to begin the work on adding the three new MLA seats as set out under the new Cayman Islands Constitution 2009, changing the representation in the existing electoral districts.
The debate among the country’s political representatives has never been concluded over whether Cayman should switch to single member constituencies or continue with multiple representation and just add the three new seats to the larger existing district constituencies, and the constitution does not order any specific time of representation but leaves the question open to the people.
There are a number of possible changes that could be made to the electoral districts but both sides of the House — UDP and PPM representatives — have been reluctant to commit to single member constituencies.
Once the boundary commission has finished its work it will submit a report to the governor before the end of May. It will then be tabled in the Legislative Assembly, at which point the political debate about the country’s future representation will begin in the parliament.
All registered voters and those who are qualified to be registered are being encouraged to give both written and oral submissions from now until Friday, 7 May. In keeping with the EBC’s approach of transparency the commission prefers to receive signed submissions, but it will also accept anonymous contributions. Written submissions can be mailed to: The Electoral Boundary Commission, c/o Elections Office, P.O. Box 10120, Grand Cayman KY1 -1001, Cayman Islands. They may also be hand-delivered to the Elections Office on the 2nd floor at the Smith Road Centre, 150 Smith Road in George Town or emailed to electionsoffice@candw.ky.
Oral submissions can be made this week and residents can call the Elections Office at 949-8047 for more information.
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  1. Albert Jackson says:

    THE TWO PARTIES & FCO PLAY GAMES with Human Right

    The implementation of single member constituencies is a must for human rights, international law and modernization of the Cayman Islands. It can be argued that the political parties control absolute power in these Islands under a fraud they call democracy. In George Town alone, with single member districts, it would cost about $4,500 for a person to have a reasonable chance to get elected to the legislative assembly. With out this being put in to effect, you can spend $40,000 and still don’t make a good effort to get your message across to the voters because you have to run district wide. This violates one person one vote and the parties will continue to control political power while women and marginal candidates will not fully participate in the political process a major violation of international human rights. The two parties knew what they were doing when they left this most important constitutional change out of the constitutional review process. What I don’t understand is why the UK did not complete the job. One party represents Power and Privilege and the other party represents Cash and Rule. Neither represents truth and Justice. The present system will not hold up under international law because it violates basic human rights. The leaders of government can not run with the Foxes and hunt with the hounds on this one. Neither can the FCO.  
  2. Anonymous says:

    Now, here is a place where our cash strapped Government can save some money.

    How many voters are there in the Cayman Islands? As many as 15,000?

    This is fewer than in many small towns in most countries. Can those towns
    afford an Electoral Boundary Commissionand associated bureaucracy?

    For that matter, do the 15,000 voters in Cayman really need 18 MLA’s to represent them, each costing an estimated $300,000, if you include offices, staff, benefits, travel, and perks?

    Government has somehow grown itself out of all proportion, and should be looking at the many areas where it can lower its cost

  3. Anon says:

    To the best of my recollection, the PPM advocated single member constituencies during the last elections and during the discussions on the constitution. If fact, the use of single member constituencies was in the original draft of the new constitution & supported by the NGO’s. It was only removed as a compromise to the UDP. CNS please check your comments.

    These are necessary for future development. Since population growth and location changes will be better dealth with by single member constituencies. If an additional member is added to an existing multi-member constituency now, what will happen in the future if the population location shifts so much that that constituency needs to "lose" their extra representative to another constituency. With single member constituencies it would simply be a matter of adjusting the boundaries.

  4. Common Sense says:

    With both political parties reluctant to commit to single member constituencies, why bother with this exercise? Either way, adding three more LA members will add unnecessary costs of running our country.

    How about a debate on how to reduce our LA membership by three or more? Several of them are seat warmers and are contributing nothing or adding any value to the political process.

     

     

  5. Better . . . . says:

    The Commission better look at the breach of the right to vote and participate in elections for a legislature guaranteed to all British citizens which is provided for under the European Convention of Human Rights.  In the end London is going to have to change the Constitution to comply with the UK’s obligations.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hey ole chappi you/they can go back hoe to vote or send  in absentee ballot .  My gosh child where have you been living?