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Electoral reform debate and roadshows delayed

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A STATES debate on radical changes to the way Islanders would vote in general elections has been pushed back until after the summer.

Map of proposed electoral reforms (24634055)

The debate on electoral reform – lodged by the Privileges and Procedures Committee – was initially due to be debated on Tuesday 4 June. However, the debate has now been pushed back until the sitting, which starts on Tuesday 24 September.

Meanwhile, a presentation roadshow outlining the proposals has also had its dates changed.

PPC chairman Deputy Russell Labey intends to hold a series of public meetings in each parish to discuss the proposed changes. The revised dates are below.

The committee’s plans include scrapping the Islandwide Senatorial manifesto, removing Constables’ automatic right to a seat in the Chamber and electing 46 Members – down from the current 49 – across nine districts.

If given the go-ahead, at the 2022 election, each electoral district would be represented by five or six representatives.

Deputy Labey said: ‘We want to talk to people about the proposals, which are in response to the recommendations made by the election observers who came to Jersey during last year’s elections. The purpose of the presentation is to explain our proposals, how they were arrived at, how we envisage them working to the benefit of democracy in the Island and then take questions and hear the views of parishioners.’

The dates for the public meetings – each of which will start at 7.30pm and finish at 9pm – are:

Monday 20 May – St Clement’s Parish Hall.

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Tuesday 21 May – St John’s Parish Hall.

Wednesday 22nd May – Assembly Rooms, Town Hall, St Helier.

Thursday 23 May – Trinity Parish Hall.

Friday 24 May – Communicare, St Brelade.

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Tuesday 28 May – St Lawrence Parish Hall.

Wednesday 29 May - St Ouen’s Parish Hall.

Thursday 30 May - St Martin’s Public Hall.

Friday 31 May – St Saviour’s Parish Hall.

Monday 3 June – Grouville Parish Hall.

Monday 10 June – St Mary’s Parish Hall.

Tuesday 11 June – St Peter’s Parish Hall.

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