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Electoral reform: Why not ask the public?

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IT should be left to Islanders to decide whether they want to retain States Members voted into office by the entire Island, Electoral Commissioners were told last night in St Ouen.

The issue of keeping an Islandwide mandate was raised directly or alluded to several times last night as the Electoral Commission roadshow headed west for a public meeting in the parish hall which attracted an audience of 37.

Former Senator Jean Le Maistre threw down the gauntlet and challenged the commission to ask Islanders in a referendum whether Senators should be retained.

Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, the chairman of the commission said that he understood Mr Le Maistre's affection for the office of Senator, but said that voters would not be short-changed under the proposals.

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