The premier says the referendum failed even though votes from 5 out of 6 districts called for changing to single member constituencies across the country.
57% of the electorate came out to the polls and the majority voted for one man one vote. But a majority is not enough to force government to change the current electoral system. The final results came in just before midnight and Cayman’s premier addressed a crowd of more than 50-people at the United Democratic Party’s referendum headquarters at Allista Towers.
Premier Bush says the referendum needed 2,000 more yes votes to show half of the voters no longer want multi-member constituencies.
Out of the 57% of the registered voters who cast their ballot, 5,631 said yes to electoral change. 3,001 said no.
The Elections Office says government should take the results as advisory. The premier tells Cayman 27 the Elections Office has no authority to say that.
The premier will be making a special address about the referendum results Friday night.
Organisers of the One Man, One Vote movement aren’t deterred by the results of the referendum. In fact, they say they are proud of what they accomplished.
The majority of those who voted in 5 out of 6 districts said yes to single member constituencies. Organisers say the fact they needed more than 7,500 votes to win was the problem.
One Man, One Vote organisers say they still have their petition in hand, but aren’t sure yet what the next step will be.
Elections officials are weighing in on the referendum.
They say overall things went well and election workers did an excellent job. But the voting was marred by reports that someone defaced election property.
The deputy supervisor of elections says it’s something he has never seen before in his 30 years working with the elections office.
We also heard from Ernie Scott, the deputy supervisor of elections in Cayman Brac. He says everything went smoothly with the exception of someone drawing a smiley face and writing the word “hi” in one of the polling booths.
Mr. Scott adds that there were some concerns over low voter turnout.
The Brac had less than 50% turnout with 256 people voting yes and 203 voting no.
While Cayman now ponders the results of the referendum, others say we should be looking more closely at the state of democracy in the Islands.
Attorney Theresa Lewis-Pitcairn says casting your ballot is not the only way you can participate in the political process.
Mrs. Lewis-Pitcairn says she is glad to see the level of dialogue from the community surrounding the referendum. She says it’s a step forward to see people actively discussing and campaigning on the issues that affect everyone.