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The Cayman Islands Governor’s Office has welcomed the final report by the Election Observer Mission from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) on the General Elections on 22 May 2013.
Released today (23 July 2013), the 15-page document discusses the legal framework, election administration, voter registration, candidate nomination, voting and counting, the announcement of results, as well as candidate agents and domestic observers.
Supervisor of Elections Wesley Howell said the report met the observer mission’s Terms of Reference (TOR). Mr Howell added that it would be considered and discussed with all relevant stakeholders. He also expressed the gratitude of the people of the Cayman Islands for the work that that the team had carried out.
The CPA team had previously shared an early overview of their findings with the Cayman Islands public, in the days immediately following the elections. Team leader, and Maltese Member of Parliament, Hon. Mario Galea, told a press conference that the recent elections had met the international standards for a democratic, genuine and transparent vote.
The newly appointed Electoral Boundaries Commissioners spent 24-26 February 2015 in discussions with various Civil Service agencies.
Meeting for the first time as a group, the commissioners met with the Governor and attended their first planning session. They also worked to gather data relevant to the introduction of single member constituencies, from representatives of the Lands and Survey and Planning Departments, the Economics and Statistics Office and the Elections Office.
Commission Chairman Lisa Handley, PhD, explains that a detailed understanding of trends in development and population growth is necessary for the team to be able to make informed recommendations about the shape that any new constituencies should take.
The commission is scheduled to meet again in March to finalise its review of the technical information. It will launch public meetings in April.
Local attorneys Adriannie Webb and Steve McField also serve on the commission.
Members of the public can contact the Elections Office on 949-8047 with any queries.