The Electoral Commission has today (Monday 28th May 2012) launched a major public consultation exercise on the composition of the States Assembly.
A leaflet is being distributed to every household in Jersey this week by Jersey Post and a new Electoral Commission website has been launched at: www.electoralcommission.je.
The Commission has been established by the States of Jersey to examine the future composition of the States Assembly. It will be looking at the classes of States member; their constituencies and mandates; the number of States members and their terms of office.
Commission Chairman, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, said the initial stages of the Commission’s work would involve seeking the views of Islanders on these areas. He said: “We are very keen to engage with Islanders to find out their views on the future composition of the States Assembly. We hope that as many Islanders as possible will send in their submissions for consideration to guide us as we develop proposals for reform. The States have agreed that whatever recommendations we make will need to be submitted for public approval in a referendum and it is therefore important that we hear views from as many people as possible to enable us to develop proposals that will be acceptable to a majority of electors.”
“We plan to hold a series of public hearings in June and July and members of the public who make written submissions can also ask to attend one of these public hearings with the Commission to discuss their views.”
Submissions can be made online at: www.electoralcommission.je; by email: email@example.com; or by writing to the Electoral Commission, Morier House, St. Helier, JE1 1DD. All submissions will be uploaded to the Electoral Commission website.