Monday, February 27, 2012
Jersey Electoral Reform - the Public Speaks
Following the success at St Clement on 21 February the long suffering Jersey voters will have another chance to express their views on Wednesday 29 February - this time at St Helier Town Hall.
Anybody can attend this special Assembly which starts at 7.30pm but only voters of St Helier will be able to vote for or against Deputy Le Herissier's Amendment proposition regarding the PPC attempt to seize control of the proposed Electoral Commission.
Of course the initiative against reform is led by Senator Sir Phillip Bailhache. He seeks to hobble the Commision as already approved by the States and put it under the control of himself as Chairman and other States Members.
Deputy Le Herissier is leading the fight to maintain the composition of the Commission as an independent body with a wide mandate and should be able to state his case here at this Assembly which will be chaired by the Chef de Police.
Constable Crowcroft will be out of the Island on Wednesday but he expresses his views here which are in favour of an independent Commission. Ironically he will have to present the Bailhache version of the PPC policy when it is put before the States! Such is the Jersey way of politics.
Other views are expressed here by Nick Le Cornu and Darius Pearce who signed as two of the four Parishioners calling for this special Assembly under the 1804 Law.
Elsewhere, on an earlier posting on this blog, the Minority PPC Report of Deputies Tadier and Martin has been discussed.
This is a most important matter. The future government of Jersey for decades to come will be decided over the next few weeks. TAKE PART - this may be your last chance.