The Cayman Islands General Elections are scheduled for the 14th of April 2021, and there are currently 22,241 registered voters as of 1st Jan 2021.
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The rate of those registering has seen a gradual increase over the past few months, and it has been very encouraging to see our community taking an active interest in the future of the Cayman Islands. Here we detail everything you need to know about Cayman's voting and elections system.
10th Feb 2021: Early Elections Triggered
Following Premier Alden McLaughlin’s announcement to dissolve Parliament on the 10th of Feb 2021, an early election has been triggered, sending Cayman to the polls over one month earlier than expected. The new election day date, 14th April 2021, allows for the maximum two-month period set out by the Constitution between the dissolution of Parliament and a General Election.
The dissolution of Parliament and the proclamation declaring the General Election happened on the 14th of Feb, 2021. After which the Governor issued writs to the returning officers, who are responsible for maintaining elections conduct in each district. These writs require that they conduct an election in accordance with Section 28(2) of the Elections Law (2017 Revision) and are then returned to the Governor with the name of the candidate who has been chosen to serve in each electoral district.
The official list of eligible candidates for the 2021 Cayman Islands General Election were announced on Nomination Day (Monday, March 1st). Read more for full details, including political affiliations and respective districts.Read More
Get answers to some commonly asked questions in the run up to the 2021 Cayman Islands General Election.Read More
To register to vote, the first thing you must do is check that you are eligible.
As per Section 90 (1) of the Cayman Islands Constitution Order (2009), those who are eligible to vote includes those who are:
- Over the age of 18 years old;
- Is resident in the Cayman Islands at the date of registering to vote;
- Has been a resident in Cayman for more than 2 years;
- If you are under the age of 18, but you will be 18 years old before or on the polling day, you too are eligible
Who is Not Eligible?
You cannot register to vote if:
- You are serving a prison sentence exceeding 12 months, or have received a suspended sentence;
- Are considered to be of unsound mind or mentally unstable;
- Have been disqualified from registering due to election-related offences.
To register to vote, you must first check you meet voters eligibility requirements. We outline eligibility as per Section 90 (1) of the Cayman Islands Constitution Order (2009).
Registering to Vote
Once you have confirmed your eligibility, visit The Elections Office Website and complete a ‘Form 4’. You must then submit your completed form and the required original documents, detailed below, to the Registering Officer for your district, or the Elections Office in Baytown Plaza.
Caymanian Status Holders:
Caymanian status holders, along with the registration form, must provide their birth certificate, certificate of Caymanian status and a copy of photo ID (either a passport or driver’s license).
Caymanian Born and Have Caymanian Parent(s) or Grandparent:
If you were born in Cayman or have immediate Caymanian family, you must provide your birth certificate, a birth certificate of your family that was born in the Islands (commonly a parent or grandparent), as well as photo ID.
If you are Caymanian with an Acknowledgement Letter from Immigration or WORC:
In this case, if you identify as Caymanian, you must provide a copy of your birth certificate, a letter from WORC or the Department of Immigration that confirms your status, and photo ID.
If you are already registered from past elections, ensure that your details are still up to date, especially if you have moved recently or your name has changed. If any personal details have changed since registering (name, occupation, location) you must complete a 'Form 13'.
For more information about registering to vote, visit www.elections.ky
Registering From Overseas
Per Section 90 (1) of the Cayman Islands Constitution Order (2009) persons are only eligible to vote in the Cayman Islands elections providing they have not been out of the country for longer than two years. After which they will be removed from the official register of electors. If you are working overseas the assumption is that you will have registered to vote prior to leaving the Island. If you are a student overseas, you can register to vote during your school holidays and before your eighteenth birthday, providing you will be 18 before the next election day.