May 24, 2017 Held

Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands

Election for Cayman Legislative Assembly


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:15,721
Valid Votes:15,721
Invalid Votes:0

Vote Share by Party:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Independents (Independents) 9 - 7,026


People's Progressive Movement 7 - 4,909


Cayman Democratic Party (Cayman Democratic Party) 3 - 3,786

Election Results Modified: Sep 01, 2017

General Information

Cayman Islands: Legislative Assembly, 24 May 2017

At stake in this election:

  • 18 seats in the Legislative Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State:  Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor Helen KILPATRICK (since 6 September 2013)
  • Head of Government:  Premier Alden MCLAUGHLIN (since 29 May 2013)
  • Assembly:  The Cayman Islands have a unicameral Legislative Assembly of 20 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen is hereditary and the governor is appointed by the monarch.
  • The governor appoints the leader of the majority party in the Legislative Assembly the premier.
  • 18 members of the Legislative Assembly are elected by majority vote in single-member constituencies. The remaining two seats, the deputy governor and attorney general are appointed by the governor. All members serve 4-year terms.
  • The 2017 election is the first to use a "one man, one vote" system.

Last Election:

  • In the 2013 elections, the People's Progressive Movement won the majority with 9 seats. The United Democratic Party and Coalition for Cayman each won 3 seats and the National People's Alliance won 1 seat. The remaining two seats went to independents. 

Main candidates in the election:

  • People's Progressive Movement (PPM)  
    • Leader:  Alden MCLAUGHLIN
    • Seats won in last election:  9
  • United Democratic Party (UDP)
    • Leader: McKeeva BUSH
    • Seats won in last election:  3

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population:  57,268 (July 2016)
  • Registered Voters:  21,465 (2017)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population:  29,352 (July 2016)
  • Is the Cayman Islands a signatory to CEDAW:  No
  • Has the Cayman Islands ratified CEDAW:  Yes (extended by the UK 16 March 2016)
  • Gender Quota:  No
  • Female candidates in this election:  Yes
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians:  2
  • Human Development Index Position:  N/A
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization:  N/A

Disability Data:

  • Is the Cayman Islands a signatory to CRPD:  No
  • Has the Cayman Islands ratified CRPD:  No
  • Population with a disability:  8,590[1]

[1] Calculated using WHO estimate of 15%

Election Modified: Aug 02, 2023

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