DEPUTY Kristina Moore looks set to become the Island’s first female Chief Minister – as she said more than half the new States Assembly had signed her nomination paper.
Candidates for Chief Minister are required to have a minimum of six signatories on their nomination paper, but Deputy Moore revealed that she had far exceeded that number with the backing of 30 Members. With 49 Members comprising the Chamber, 25 votes would make the majority needed to secure the role when the Assembly meets to decide the new Chief Minister.
However, Reform Jersey leader Deputy Sam Mézec remains in the race and was finalising his nomination paper on Monday afternoon.
Both Deputies will be asked to present their vision as Chief Minister to the new States Assembly on Tuesday 5 July. The Assembly will then vote for who they want to take over from John Le Fondré in the top job.
And despite the massive momentum gathering behind Deputy Moore’s campaign, Members who signed her paper do not necessarily have to vote accordingly next week.
Last week’s election results saw the electorate vote for major changes with 11 sitting Members – including Senator Le Fondré – losing their seats. On Monday, the new Assembly, which features 22 new faces and two returning politicians, was officially sworn in at the Royal Court.
Full story in Tuesday’s JEP.