May 29, 2017

The Editor Speaks: Election fever

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If you aren’t completely worn out from the US Elections at the end of last year and the hoopla that carried on the beginning of this year with the president’s inauguration, we have our very own Cayman election, and now followed by another one.

Our own one is the more exciting, even if it doesn’t have the world wide ramifications of the other two.

No seat in our Cayman one is safe (except perhaps McKeeva Bush’s – sorry Daphne) and with the very first time here of the , , plus all the Independents that are running against the two established parties, there are going to be some surprises.

I nearly put in quotes the word Independents because the majority of them aren’t. They are bought and paid for by an ex MLA who is a very famous doctor, who also owns a media house here.

The one in the UK is a snap election where the UK Prime Minister, Theresa Mary May, has seen a very weak opposition party, a ruling who has upset a lot of her own party members by bringing up another referendum of leaving Britain. May has seen her chance of obtaining more seats and making her tenure more secure.

Even though she said there would be no snap election repeatedly – she is a woman for Heaven’s sake – and even men change their mind.

I do believe US President Donald Trump has changed his mind on trying to befriend Russia.

Some people don’t care a fig about elections. They wish they would be over quickly. At least here and the UK they are.

“Democracy requires more than elections, but a country cannot be a democracy without holding genuine elections. They are the basis for democratic legitimacy. Elections give citizens a means to hold their leaders accountable by voting incumbents out of office or promising to hold to account those leaders successfully elected. They are a mechanism to peacefully resolve the transfer of political power. Elections are also central to making democracy deliver a better quality of life by linking voters’ interests to those in government and allowing citizens to select representatives who reflect their will. Genuine elections contribute to longer-term development goals, laying the foundation for responsive governance.

“Citizens have a fundamental right to take part in government and the conduct of public affairs of their countries. They have a right to vote and to be elected in periodic elections, without discrimination. The will of the people, expressed through their ballots, provides the basis of authority for democratic government. These concepts are enshrined in Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Universal Declaration), Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and other international human rights instruments. They are central to the principle that elections belong to the people and are key features of any genuine democracy.”

Open Election Data.

What a pity not all countries follow those wise principals.

We are lucky here, along with the USA and the UK that we adhere to the above,

So let the fever grow.

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