Cayman Islands general election today
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC) – More than 18,000 voters in the Cayman Islands are are going to the polls today to elect a new government with political observers pointing to the possibility of a coalition administration emerging after the ballots are counted.
Supervisor of Elections, Kearney Gomez, says his office is in a state of readiness and expects everything to go smoothly.
Polls open at 7:00 am and will close at 6:00 pm (local time).
The two major parties in the race are the main opposition People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) - which has branded itself as “The Progressives - under the leadership of attorney Alden McLaughlin and the United Democratic Party (UDP), led by former premier McKeeva Bush, are fielding slates of 15 and 12 candidates respectively.
The People’s National Alliance (PNA), a breakaway faction of the UDP is fielding five candidates while the Coalition for Cayman (C4C), has endorsed a slate of seven candidates.
In addition, there are a number of independent candidates among the 56 candidates vying for the 18 seats in the Legislative Assembly, the parliament of this British Overseas Territory where there are 18,492 registered voters.
Political observers say the race in George Town, the capital of this financial services jurisdiction, will be an interesting affair with 21 candidates vying for the six available seats.
There is no history of consistent scientific opinion polls in the lead up to elections in the Cayman Islands, and unscientific polls by the various media houses indicate there is a chance of no party securing an outright majority, meaning a coalition government could be a distinct possibility.