According to a statement from the Elections Office here, Nomination Day is March 29, one day after the: Legislative Council has been dissolved and the proclamation declaring the poll issued.
Candidates wishing to contest the 19 seats shall be nominated on a nomination paper by at least two persons who, at the time of signing the nomination paper, are registered electors of the electoral district for which the candidate seeks election.
In addition, a candidate must deposit US$1,000 to the returning office as part of the nomination process.
“If a candidate is not elected; and received less than one-tenth of the total of votes polled, the money deposited with the returning officer in accordance with section 32(1) of the Elections Law (2013), is forfeited to the Crown,” the Elections Office noted.
It said that at the end of an election, every candidate must account for all his/her spending by or on behalf of the candidate in the conduct and management of election within 21 days after the results are made public.
The Cayman Islands had a no-party system, but following the 2013 general election, members of parliament formed the ruling People’s Progressive Movement Party (PPMP) led by Alden McLaughlin and the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) headed by former premier William McKeeva Bush.
The Elections Office said that the final list of voters will be issued on April 1.
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