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Cayman Islands Referendum Public Holiday Update

Source: Gazette Office Cayman Islands Government (Grand Cayman)
Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Most recent follow-up news item: May 25, 2020

Cayman Islands Premier, Alden McLaughlin, has announced that the upcoming December 19 public holiday would be maintained, even if the Referendum itself is canceled or postponed, following the move to apply for judicial review by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands, and the ensuing application for a protective order by the Cruise Port Referendum group ("None of us can now be certain there will be a referendum on the 19 December, but no matter what happens, the public holiday will be preserved").

Early last month (2019-10-03), the Cayman Islands government finally announced that the date of the upcoming cruise pier project referendum, as Thursday, December 19, 2019, and that this would be a one-off non-working public holiday in the Cayman Islands.

This was followed (2019-10-10) by the Cayman Islands Governor, Martyn Roper, issuing an order to proclaim an official non-working public holiday in the Cayman Islands, on Thursday, December 19, 2019, under the Public Holidays Law (2007 Revision), for the upcoming cruise pier project referendum ("for the purposes of holding a referendum on the matter of whether the Islands should continue to move forward with the building of the cruise berthing and enhanced cargo port facility, 19th December shall be a Public General Holiday"), thus amending the list of 2019 non-working public holidays in the Cayman Islands as announced by the government of the Cayman Islands, late last year (2018-10-11).

The Public Holidays Law (2007 Revision) states that public holidays shall include "the day appointed under the Elections Law for the taking of the poll at a general election in the Islands" (2007-06-19) and this was later confirmed to include the date of any referendum in the Cayman Islands (2012-05-14, 2012-05-08, 2012-04-13, 2012-02-27, 2009-10-24, 2008-12-01, 2008-07-13, 2008-06-23, 2008-06-18).

Links and References

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