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States reform: Give voters a fourth option, says Senator

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ISLANDERS should be given the chance to vote against all options in a referendum for States reform, according to a States Senator.

Senator Lyndon Farnham wants a fourth option to be added to the public vote in April giving people the chance to choose 'none of the above'.

In doing so he says that Islanders would be able to register their opposition to all the recommendations of the Electoral Commission and to the current system.

Currently, it is proposed that the referendum would give people three options, from which they would choose up to two to rank in order of preference.

Those options, which have been proposed by the Privileges and Procedures Committee on behalf of the commission and would use transferable voting to get a result, are:

A – 42 States Members elected for a four-year term, known as Deputies

and split into six large districts

B – 42 States Members on a four-year term, with 30 Deputies split

into six large districts and 12 parish Constables.

C – 49 States Members with eight Senators, 29 Deputies in parish or sub-parish districts and 12 parish Constables.

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