60% polled before lunch

| 22/05/2013

dt polls (225x300).jpg(CNS): As expected, the Cayman electorate is still coming out in significant numbers and combined with mobile votes and postal ballots 11, 084 registered voters had all exercised their democratic right before 1pm Wednesday. More than 60% of voters had already taken part by lunchtime, with the capital leading the turnout with over 62% of voters polled. Bodden Town had the lowest turnout at lunch time with over 57%, but with 5 hours to go election officials said the numbers were re-enforcing expectations of a very high turnout. Duncan Taylor, the Cayman Islands governor, urged everyone who was eligible to go to the polls beore they close.

“This is your opportunity to get your views heard, so go out an vote,” he told electors.

“My interest is in seeing how the process happens,” Taylor said Wednesday at the command centre, as he explained that, as the person who appoints the supervisor of elections, he was interested in the technicalities and the election operations.

“I have a responsibility to ensure we have a free and fair election and everyone knows their rights,” he added. Encouraged by the early turnout, he said, the fact that 60% of voters were already polled, and with five hours to go, indicated a healthy turnout, because in some jurisdictions such a rate would be an average turnout for the whole election.

“Its good to see people participating when they have this opportunity,” Taylor said, adding that he had been designated as a local observer so he could go around the stations.

He stated that the FCO would, as they do with all overseas territories' elections, be watching the election and the results closely and said the UK would work with whoever was elected.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    First time voter.   I've done my bit.    I want to applaud the people who've laboured to keep the flow going.   Excellent organisation — I didn't see anyone at my polling place who had to wait very long.    My only difficulty was the somber tone of the election officials — I'm just not used to having to be that serious;   I understand why they have to be that way.    Big time kudos to everyone who helped with this effort, and of course, the electors who have (and will) vote.  

  2. Anonymous says:

    I went and voted at 7am, but when I saw Governor Taylor urging everyone to go out and vote I decided to go and vote again.

  3. Anon.. says:

    Don't ever think that "he" isn't getting back into the LA. Don't you know your history? The bad man always gets the most votes, because the voters are bad themselves, and the bad are easily influenced by their own kind. They have sympathy for their own kind. We have alot of bad blood that's our problem, Cayman. You can thumbs rate me down all you want, but Im telling you like it is. For the good ones, pray, pray pray, never stop praying. At this time, election is not over yet.

    • Anonymous says:

      Know your history before you write. That bad blood you may also have if you look back 4-5 generations. And it may be bad blood from Scotland too.

      • Anonymous says:

        You obviously stocked up on booze and started drinking it. What the hell Scotland (the country) has to do with this?

  4. PNA says:

    The PNA better get their resumes ready! Work is Alden may be finished, out…

  5. Anonymous says:

    I hope McKeeva and Joey wins so that everyone will be exposed!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Hopefully they will start with their own closets before they start on others.  They both have a lot of explaining to do.  Credit cards, Turtle Farm, Utensils and now Degrees are a few of the skeletons.  Trusting that the electorate will be mature and honest themselves to do the right and honorable thing.  Say a resounding NO to "SCARCE BENEFITS and SPOILS" and YES to FREE and FAIR ELECTIONS!!!!

  6. M says:

    I remember George Town use to be the key electoral district. It was George Town that made the final voting difference. Now I am wrong. The voters who are the most reluctant to come out or having second thoughts, are the West Bay voters. West Bay is the key district, because West determines whether we will continue the style of government we saw last four years. West Bay will determine if McKeeva Bush gets in, and it is West Bay that will make the difference. So my prayers go out to the West Bayers to make the right choice for these islands. You people have so much influence to determine the power of the country. All eyes are on you. Get out of your homes and vote right. M

    • Anonymouse Man says:

      George Town voters wil make the difference! either they will get 6 Progressives or screw  up and make the UDP get 2 or 3 and give Macdinejhad the guillotine!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Taylor, measured and dignified as ever…what a contrast to the alternative style of reptillian leadership previously on offer, and God forbid, being offered again.