Premier: No change to system

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.

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