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Cayman Islands Electoral Public Holiday April 14

Source: Gazette Office Cayman Islands Government (Grand Cayman)
Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: March 17, 2021

The Government of the Cayman Islands has gazetted the Public Holidays Order, 2021 (Made in Cabinet the 23rd day of February, 2021) which declares Wednesday, April 14, 2021, as a public holiday due to the Cayman Islands Election Day having been moved from May 26 to April 14, 2021.

As per the terms of the Cayman Islands Public Holidays Order, 2021, signed by the Clerk of the Cabinet, Kim Bullings, "The Public Holidays Act (2007 Revision) is amended in the Schedule by repealing paragraph 11 and substituting the following paragraph", the replacement for paragraph 11 being "In the year 2021, notwithstanding any declarations otherwise, April 14, 2021 shall be a public general holiday, being the day that the Governor appointed by proclamation for a general election in the Islands in accordance with section 86(1) of the Cayman Islands Constitution Order, 2009.".

Recall that 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).

Wednesday, May 26, 2021, had been declared a public holiday, last spring (2020-05-25), and was included in the official list of 2021 Cayman Islands public holidays announced by the office of the Deputy Governor's Office of the Cayman Islands, last autumn (2020-10-14).

It is not clear yet if the May 26 one-off public holiday will now be canceled. The aforementioned Public Holidays Order, 2021 makes no mention of the May 26 public holiday that was included in the list of 2021 Cayman Islands public holidays, but we expect that it will be canceled.

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