The States of Jersey Electoral Commission will hold one final public hearing on Monday 10th September 2012 as part of its initial public consultation exercise.
3 current States members and 2 former members will be among those giving evidence. Deputy Mike Higgins, Senator Lyndon Farnham and Connétable Steve Pallett will give their views to the Commission alongside Mr. Bob Hill and Mr. Daniel Wimberley, the member who first proposed the establishment of an Electoral Commission. The hearing will take place at the Town Hall between 9am and 12.30 pm and members of the public are welcome to observe.
The Commission’s initial public consultation closed on 31st August 2012 and the Commission received some 340 written submissions. The submissions can be viewed online at www.electoralcommission.je.
Commission Chairman, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, said: “Although the deadline for the submission of written submissions was 31st August we agreed to hold one last public hearing in September to accommodate witnesses who were unavailable in August or who gave their written views near the deadline. After this last hearing the Commission will begin the difficult task of
assessing the evidence we have received and considering our initial recommendations which will then be subject to further public consultation in the autumn. Contrary to the impression that may have been given in some recent media reports I can reassure islanders that the Commission has not even started considering its recommendations yet and has certainly not reached any conclusions.”
The full schedule of hearings on 10th September is as follows –
9 am Mr. Raulin Amy
9.30 am Deputy Mike Higgins
10 am Senator Lyndon Farnham
10.30 am Mrs Sylvia Lagadu
11 am Mr. Daniel Wimberley
11.30 am Mr. Bob Hill
12 noon Connetable Steve Pallett