Electoral Commission

Electoral Commission: establishment (P.15/2011)

(Click here for Hansard of the debate, P15 is the first item after lunch)

A shortened version of the proposal:

To agree to set up an electoral commission to look at all aspects of how the States is made up and elected.

The Commission must try to arrive at a solution which has the highest possible acceptance by the public and which ensures that the views of the voters are reflected as well as possible in the make-up of the States.

For a more exact version see below the vote.

POUR: 29   CONTRE: 18   ABSTAIN: 0
Senator P.F. Routier   Senator T.A. Le Sueur    
Senator B.E. Shenton   SenatorS.C.Ferguson    
Senator J.L. Perchard   Senator B.I. Le Marquand    
Senator A. Breckon   Connétable of St. Ouen    
Senator A.J.H. Maclean   Connétable of Trinity    
Senator F.du H. Le Gresley   Connétable of Grouville    
Connétable ofSt. Helier   Connétable of St. Brelade    
Connétable of St. Lawrence   Connétable ofSt. John    
Deputy ofSt. Martin   Connétable of St. Saviour    
Deputy R.G. Le Hérissier (S)   Connétable ofSt. Clement    
Deputy J.A. Martin (H)   Connétable of St. Peter    
Deputy G.P. Southern (H)   Connétable of St. Mary    
Deputy of St. Ouen   Deputy R.C. Duhamel (S)    
Deputy of Grouville   Deputy J.B. Fox (H)    
Deputy J.A. Hilton (H)   Deputy of  St. Peter    
Deputy P.V.F. Le Claire (H)   Deputy J.A.N. Le Fondré (L)    
Deputy of Trinity   Deputy A.E. Jeune (B)    
Deputy S.S.P.A. Power (B)   Deputy A.T. Dupré (C)    
Deputy S. Pitman (H)        
Deputy K.C. Lewis (S)        
Deputy I.J. Gorst (C)        
Deputy of St. John        
Deputy M. Tadier (B)        
Deputy of St. Mary        
Deputy T.M. Pitman (H)        
Deputy T.A. Vallois (S)        
Deputy M.R. Higgins (H)        
Deputy A.K.F. Green (H)        
Deputy J.M. Maçon (S)        

 A more exact version of the proposition:

 a) to agree that an independent Electoral Commission should be established in Jersey to investigate and report on all aspects of the composition of the elected membership of the States Assembly and the election and voting processes of such Members, with the guiding principles of the Commission’s investigation to be

(i) the need to secure the greatest possible acceptance by the public of any new arrangements proposed and

(ii) the need to ensure the views of the electorate are reflected as effectively and as fairly as possible in the make up of the States;

 (b) to approve the terms of reference of the Electoral Commission as set out in appendix 1

 and then details of setting up the Commission, and that their proposal should be put to a referendum by the States.

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