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Call for referendum on States reform to be simplified

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A REFERENDUM on States reform should be simplified and consist of just one question with yes or no answers, according to a States Deputy.

Deputy Geoff Southern has lodged an amendment to plans for the public vote in April because he believes the current proposals are too complicated and are biased to maintaining the Constables in the States.

Currently it has been proposed that Islanders would be given three options for States reform and two votes, which would be used to rank their choices in order of preference. A transferable voting system would then be used to get a result.

However, Deputy Southern has proposed replacing those options with a single question: 'Should the States Assembly be reformed so that it is comprised of 42 States Members known as Deputies, elected from six large districts with each district choosing seven Deputies?' Islanders would then vote 'yes' or 'no'.

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