Did You Know?
- In 1831 the people of the Cayman Islands asserted the right to elect their own representative, who would in turn, form a Legislative Assembly for better and more accountable local government.
- In 1955, Mr. Ormond Panton, prominent Caymanian Politician, succeeded for overturning his conviction for non-payment of taxes due, in respect of his vehicle, on the basis that he had not received a fair trial.
- In 1912, 335 Caymanian parents campaigned on enhanced rights to education for their children. Following a seven year battle, the Education Law of 1920, which provided for free compulsory education for children between the ages of 7 – 14, was finally passed.
- In 1962, Ormond Panton and his chief ally, Warren Conolly of East End became the first two members of the National Democratic Party.
- Between 1863 and 1865, The Cayman Islands was recognized as a full dependency of Jamaica with approval by the Jamaican Assembly.
- In 1947, Cayman Assembly representatives, Messengers Earnest Panton and William Farrington, attended the first Federation meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica as observers. With the consent of their legislature, they proposed that the Cayman Islands would agree to join the Federation, only if Cayman had direct representation. This position was rejected by members of the Standing Closer Committee of the Federation in 1949 and instead it was recommended that the Cayman Islands should continue as a dependency under the administration of the Governor, General of the Federation.
- In 1948, twenty four George Town women wrote to the Commissioner at the time, stating that there was nothing in the 1865 Act of the Cayman Islands denying women to vote and that they intended to exercise their right in the forthcoming election. It was said that, the 1865 Act did not specifically exclude women from exercising their right to vote and their right to stand for election; the Act did not specifically include women either.
- On May 29, 1957, 358 Caymanian women came together, with signed petitions, to demand their political rights. As a result of this, the Cayman Islands saw the swift passage of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Law on December 8, 1958.
- On July 4, 1959, The Cayman Islands received its first written constitution by the royal order-in-council.
- Between 1959 and 1962, the body of Vestrymen and Justices was replaced by two new bodies, the Legislative Assembly (the LA) and the Executive Council (ExCo, now Cabinet). The composition of the Legislative Assembly was also reduced from thirty five to eighteen members which comprised of twelve elected members, three nominated members and three official members. ExCo consisted of two official members, two elected members and one nominated member. The Administrator of the Houses sat both as chairman and speaker presided over ExCo.
Last Updated: 2007-10-17