The Election Observation Mission has highlighted the low level of female candidates and elected members, which it said falls short of the Cayman Islands’ international commitments under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
The EOM has also suggested a review regarding voter and candidates’ eligibility criteria and constituency boundaries. Despite this, the EOM found that Cayman’s 2017 elections met international standards.
“In light of the mobility of the Cayman Islanders and the contribution of its expat community, it is important in any review of the Constitution Order to consider the requirements on the duration of residence,” Steve Road, EOM head said.
“Constituency boundaries should be further reviewed with the aim to achieve greater equality between the number of electors within each electoral districts,” he added.
The EOM is made up of MPs from the Commonwealth and election officials who examined the administration of election day procedures at polling stations, met candidates, returning officers, local officials, community groups and other relevant stakeholders in order to assess the conduct of the election.