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Campaigners spell out the reform choices

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THE referendum public meeting roadshow got off to a promising start last night with a lively and passionate debate between the three campaign groups and the public at St Saviour's Parish Hall.

Around 80 people turned out for the event, which was the first of a number of chances Islanders are being given to hear about the options for States reform before casting their votes on referendum day on 24 April.

The A Team, which is campaigning for option A, had organised the meeting and were represented on the platform by law student and political campaigner Sam Mezec. The B campaign was represented by former Senator Ben Shenton and serving Senator Lyndon Farnham spoke on behalf of option C.

The three options for States reform 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, made up of 30 Deputies split into six large districts and 12 parish Constables.

C - 49 States Members made up of eight Senators, 29 Deputies in parish or sub-parish districts and 12 parish Constables.

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