Sunday 18 August, 2019

Update On the Petition Verification Process

1,337 signatures are yet to be verified, as per the total of 5,663; not 1,428 as indicated on the website of the elections office.

1,337 signatures are yet to be verified, as per the total of 5,663; not 1,428 as indicated on the website of the elections office.

Verification staff from the Elections Office have received 4,255 signature verification forms to date, representing 80.4% of the number of registered electors required to satisfy Section 70 (2) of the Cayman Islands Constitution in relation to peoples-initiated referendum. 

During this process, the proportion of persons being able to remove their names from the list of verified petitioners has been widely debated, as has the validity of doing so. Some public discussion is also ongoing about the appropriateness of additional signatures being collected and submitted while verification is in progress. 

The total number of persons who have declined to be verified stands at 89, and 2 persons have requested for their previously verified signatures to be “un-verified”. In an effort to clarify the total count, Mr. Wesley Howell, Supervisor of Elections, was contacted. He explained that “The total number of verified signature forms received (4,235) does not include the 89 persons who declined to be verified” and that “The 5,663 signatures submitted does include the 89 persons that declined to be verified.” This means that the number of signatures remaining to be verified as per the total of 5,663 is actually 1,337 and not 1.428, as indicated on the website of the elections office.

In an effort to be fair and reasonable, the Elections Office will continue to receive and record the wishes of persons who want to be “un-verified”, while the CPR is able to continue to collect and submit additional petition signatures. 

For the avoidance of doubt, the Elections Office will continue to maintain a record of all originally submitted petition signatures and will make an indication of which signatures have been verified and which have chosen to do otherwise. 

The Elections Office wishes to thank the public for their support and to encourage persons who have signed the petition to continue to be courteous with the Elections Office verification staff as they work to complete the remaining verifications.

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