Monday 28th February, 2005 Posted: 14:52 CIT (19:52 GMT)
As the son of an MLA in the 1960s I questioned my father about the position he held as an MLA. He replied not in the exact words but it’s like this: a motion was brought to the House by one member to make a law, and those in favour said “yea” and those against said “nay” and that’s about it.
Today it’s a bit different or it’s like this: if the Leader of Government Business says “yea” the majority follow him saying “yea” not knowing what they are yeaing for. It’s like this now and the electorate is told today that you have to vote straight for four.
However that is not true but that is their trickery as they use the poor Cayman citizens to get elected, and remember the same election applies to East End and North Side.
Now the way they vote on election day as Cayman citizens in East End and North Side only vote for one candidate, however when this member attends a meeting and when elected as a Legislator he votes for or against and at that time he/she votes for the Cayman Islands not just for the district he/she lives in.
Therefore the Cayman citizens from George Town and West Bay vote likewise for the Cayman Islands. Combined they all together are voting for the same reason for the Cayman Islands.
However some folks say we don’t have single member constituencies. I disagree for sure that’s what it looks like on the eastern districts, then it appears that the citizens from the last two districts have more rights than the other. I, Cadian Ebanks, would very much like to see equality for all Caymanians (as one man one vote ) that’s why I introduced it in the 2001 Draft Constitution and that’s what’s rejected today by the leader of government business.
Voting procedures should be taught in school, which is the correct place for it and the subject would be named Political Education. But may be that is too far reaching for our citizens/students and they would awake to reality and consider and tell their parents how to vote and who to vote for.