(CMR) His Excellency the Governor, Martyn Roper, today (Wednesday, 9 December) issued writs to 19 Returning Officers, setting the stage for conducting the General Election next year.
With almost five months to go before Election Day, the Governor presented the writs to the Returning Officers and Deputy Returning Officers in the presence of senior Elections Office officials, including Supervisor Wesley Howell.
Addressing those in attendance, the Governor reflected on the landmark nature of the 2021 General Election. “This is the first Cayman Islands General Election during my tenure as Governor. It is of historical significance given the recent constitutional amendments as the first General Election where voters are electing Members of Parliament. The metaphorical starting gun has now been fired for May 2021’s election,” said Mr. Roper.
“The Cayman Islands Elections Office has a proud history of conducting well run Elections that are free and fair, in line with international best practice. These elections will build further on that record. The role of the Returning Officers and Deputy Returning Officers is crucial. I thank them for their outstanding service to our communities.”
Returning Officers are responsible for the organisation and conduct of elections in their respective districts. Writs are the documents the Governor issues to the Returning Officers commanding them to conduct an election in accordance with Section 28(2) of the Elections Law (2017 Revision).
In accordance with the 2021 General Elections Programme, Nomination Day will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The General Elections is to be held in the 19 electoral districts on Wednesday, 26 May 2021.
These writs will be returned to the Governor following the election with the name of the candidate who has been elected to serve in that electoral district.
The remaining election activities are outlined below.
|Notice of Nominations||Monday, 22 March 2021|
|Dissolution of the Legislative Assembly||Monday, 29 March 2021|
|Proclamation Declaring General Elections||Monday, 29 March 2021|
|Nomination Day||Wednesday, 31 March 2021|
|Election Day||Wednesday, 26 May 2021|
|Elections returns served on the Governor and return of the writs||Monday, 31 May 2021|
A list of the 19 Returning Officers and the electoral districts are listed below:
|Electoral District||Returning Officer|
|West Bay North||Nathania Shakira Sarita Pearson|
|West Bay West||Dale James Ramoon|
|West Bay South||Delano Oliver Solomon|
|West Bay Central||Antoinette Yvette Johnson|
|George Town South||Philip Antoinio Barnes|
|George Town West||Debbie-Ann Lovida Whittaker|
|George Town East||Shirley Lynn Whittaker|
|George Town Central||Tamara Danille Hurlston|
|George Town North||Philip Martin Jackson|
|Red Bay||Ida Jane Ebanks|
|Prospect||Judith Grace Witter|
|Bodden Town East||Lyneth Alynta Monteith|
|Bodden Town West||Haroon Lloyd Pandohie|
|Savannah||Kim Ann Bullings|
|Newlands||Tristaca Lynn Ebanks|
|East End||Melinda Natasha Montemayor|
|North Side||Alice Ann Louise Kirchman|
|Cayman Brac West and Little Cayman||Dave Talbert Tatum|
|Cayman Brac East||Chevala Lawanda Burke|