Cayman has two political parties, the People’s Progressive Movement party (PPM), led by Alden McLaughlin and the Cayman Democratic Party (CDP), led by McKeeva Bush.
We have learnt that North Side MLA Ezzard Miller will be forming a new political party, the Cayman Islands People’s Alliance, for the 2021 general election and will be running a slate of 19 candidates in it.
On 24 May 2017, Cayman held a landmark election – the first with single member constituencies following a pivotal change to the country’s electoral system in 2016. In this “One Man, One Vote” electoral system, voting districts were increased to 19, with each district now only represented by one Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA).
Given the dramatic increase in the number of candidates vying for a political seat, this historic election in the Cayman Islands, was a contentious one. Since the establishment of political parties in the Cayman Islands, a record number of candidates entered the race as independents and a total of nine were elected. Three former cabinet members: former (and now current) premier Alden McLaughlin, Moses Kirkconnell and Tara Rivers were re-elected.
After the much talked about “horse-trading”— what locals call the period of time following an election where ministry assignments are decided—the PPM secured control of Cabinet. Alden McLaughlin now holds responsibility for human resources, immigration and community affairs. Tara Rivers, the former education and labour minister has oversight for the financial services and home affairs portfolios. Moses Kirkconnell is once again Deputy Premier with responsibility for district administration, tourism and transport. Former speaker, Julianna O’Connor-Connolly, now has responsibility for education, youth, sports, agriculture and lands. Joey Hew oversees commerce, planning and infrastructure, Roy McTaggart has public finance and economic development under his purview and Dwayne Seymour is responsible for health, the environment, culture and housing. Former opposition leader McKeeva Bush is the speaker of the house. Independent, North Side MLA Ezzard Miller is the new leader of the opposition
From 2013-2017, Cabinet operated as a PPM-led coalition, with the Premier and five ministers being members of the PPM (Moses Kirkconnell, Marco Archer, Kurt Tibbetts, Osborne Bodden and Wayne Panton) and the seventh (Tara Rivers), being an independent and the only woman.
Visit Government, History & Politics for more details regarding politics and Cayman’s historic election in May 2017.