Although the Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory they have a high degree of internal self-government. The official head of state is the Queen, who appoints a Governor to represent her in the Cayman Islands.
Daily administration of the islands is conducted by the Executive Council. This is composed of 3 official members and 5 elected members. The official members are the Chief Secretary, the Attorney General and the Financial Secretary. They are appointed by the Governor and have seats in the Legislative Assembly. The remaining 5 members are elected by the 15 elected members of the Legislative Assembly.
The Legislative Assembly is composed of 18 members. 15 of these are elected by popular vote. 4 members represent George Town, 4 West Bay, 3 Bodden Town, 1 North Side, 1 East End, 1 Cayman Brac and 1 Little Cayman. Elections are held every 4 years. Members of the Assembly may introduce bills which, if passed, may be approved or rejected by the Governor.