Monday 3 August, 2020

Cayman celebrates constitution day

Every first Monday of July is Constitution Day in Cayman Islands. It is a public holiday that commemorates the passing of the islands' first constitution back in 1959.

July 4 2020 is the 61st Anniversary of the first Cayman Islands Constitution and on Monday, July 6 2020, will commemorate this significant event with the Public Holiday that is Constitution Day.

The current Constitution of the Cayman Islands, the fourth written constitution for the Cayman Islands since 1959, was established by "The Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009" of June 10, 2009, and came into force on November 4, 2009, by a proclamation published by the governor of the Cayman Islands. It was amended by "The Cayman Islands Constitution (Amendment) Order 2016" of July 13, 2016, which came into force by a similar proclamation.

Cayman Islands Governor, Martyn Roper indicates that, "Last year, we rightly marked the 60th Anniversary with festivities orchestrated by Celebrate Cayman, which I am sure raised the profile of the current Constitution and of the historical background to it. This year, as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebrations will be a little more muted, or at least distanced. However, the day is no less important and I hope that we can build upon the work of Celebrate Cayman and further increase awareness of the Constitution."

The public is invited to engage with the Constitution by accessing educational materials and historical records on the Commission’s website (www.constitutionalcommission.ky) and, in particular, the Commission’s comprehensive update published for Constitution Day this year.

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