As the verification process on the cruise port referendum petition signaturesmoves forward, the Elections Office would like to inform the public on its current progress.
As of 9a.m.today (Tuesday, 30 July 2019), the Elections Office reports a total of3,705petition signatures have been confirmed, out of a total submission of 5,637 petition signatures to be verified.
Through the collection of signature verification forms, officials havenow reviewed 70%required to meet the constitutional requirement of 25% of registered voters (5,292 signatures).Officials confirm that76petitioners have declined to sign the official verification forms.
The Elections Office continues to accept petition signatures submitted by the CPRgroup and is in some cases receiving verification forms in advance of the next CPR submission. In the later cases, persons have stated that they recently signed the petition and have asked for their signatures to be verified at the Elections Office or at our local supermarket verification booths, in advance of the CPR submitting the signatures for verification.
With each submission, the CPR group hasreported and the Elections Office has confirmed a number of signatures that were excluded from verification. These excluded signatures are not included in submitted totals or verified totals.The following is a summaryof the two CPR submissions:
• On 12 June 2019
– 6,053 signatures were deliveredby the CPR group during the official handover
– 241 of those signatures, the CPR reported as being multiple submissions (persons signing more than once)
– 374 signatures, the CPRreportedas not corresponding with the current electoral register (signatures from non-voters)
– 5,438 - the total signatures submitted by the CPR for verification.
• On 11 July 2019
– 229 signatures were handed overby the CPR group
– 16 of those signatures were reportedto be multiple submissions
– 14 of the signatures were reported as not corresponding with the current electoral register
– 199 - the total signatures submitted by the CPR for verification.
Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Wesley Howell, notes: “Witheach of the submissions, the CPR performed its own assessment onits petition signaturesto help in ensuringvalidity of the process; and the CPR team worked toeliminate the names of non-voters, in keeping with section 70 of the Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009.
“I would like to thank the CPR team for theircontinued support in helping toexpedite theverification process.”
The Elections Office continues to provide weekly progressreports to His Excellency the Governor, Mr, Martyn Roper.The summary facts are then sharedwith Cabinet members.
Officials will continuewith its various verification methods to review the 1,932 signatures currently remaining to be verified.
In order to meet the constitutional requirement with 25% of the 21,116 registered electors, a total of 1,587 verification forms still need to be confirmed.
For more information on the verification process and details on how interested persons can verify their signature today, please visit www.elections.ky/cpr.