COVID-19 impacts election observers – Cayman Compass

COVID-19 impacts election observers - Cayman Compass

Local and international COVID-19 health protocols are posing a challenge for the Elections Office’s bid to have independent observers on island to oversee the 14 April polls, Elections Supervisor Wesley Howell has said.

Howell, speaking on the 3 March episode of The Resh Hour, said his office is working to get a team of observers to Cayman, as has been the norm at general elections, but the extended quarantining periods due to the pandemic have added some hurdles.

“Typically, they [observers] come out of the UK. The UK now has their own quarantine isolation regime so it’s proving very difficult,” Howell said.

For someone to come on island for the week of the election, which is a typical time frame, he said, “they would be isolating with us for 14 days… being tested on the 15th day before they exit, and then, returning to the UK, they have to be isolated again for, I think, another 10 or 14 days as well. So it’s a long spell.”

Added to this, he said, is the challenge of…