Referendum move 'could derail reform of States'

IMPOSING a 40 per cent turnout for a potential States reform referendum would set it up to fail, waste £30,000 and could also block any much-needed changes, a politician has said.

Referendum move 'could derail reform of States'

The topic of States reform has hung over Island politics for a number of years but last month Members finally agreed to a package which would see eight Senators and 12 parish Constables elected alongside 28 Deputies from six super-constituencies.

However, a further proposition was later lodged calling for a referendum on the decision, with the new system, if voted for by the public, to come into force before the next election.

And on Monday Deputy Jeremy Maçon lodged an amendment to that proposition saying that the referendum should be held in May 2018 – on the same day as the next general election – and the results should only be considered valid if there is at least a 40 per cent voter turnout.

If approved by the States, the amendment would delay the changes until 2022.

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