Sunday, 26 February 2012

KEEP THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION INDEPENDENT! - St Helier Parish Assembly - Wednesday 29th

Following on from the success in St Clement last week, a special St Helier Parish Assembly has been called this Wednesday 29th February to keep the Electoral Commission independent.

The first issue on the agenda in the Town Hall at 7.30pm will be a resolution to support the amendments of Deputy Roy Le Herissier that seek to restore the spirit and integrity of the original proposition debated and passed by the States last year. Deputy Le Herissier will be addressing the Assembly to explain the impact of his amendments and why the public should be urging their States representatives to support him.

Here is the resolution:

 "to consider the merits of the proposition of the Privileges and Procedures Committee (Projet 5 of 2012 Electoral Commission: composition and terms of reference) and further to consider the amendments thereto lodged by Deputy R G Le Herissier and to decide whether or not to express support for those amendments and advise the Conn√©table, the ten Deputies and the ten Senators accordingly;"

To understand the way in which the PPC’s proposition P.5/2012 fails to embody the terms of the proposition passed by the States in 2011, I have sought to set out  below the salient changes to both the TERMS OF REFERENCE and to the COMPOSITION of the Electoral Commission.

Before that, you can listen to interviews with two of the four persons that requisitioned the forthcoming  Assembly, Darius Pearce and myself, explaining why it was called and what we hope to achieve.







ELECTORAL COMMISSION - TERMS OF REFERENCE

P15/2011  (As approved by the States in Debate on 15.03.2011 )

“1. The Electoral Commission shall consider all the following areas –
· Classes of States member
· Constituencies and mandates
· Number of States members
· Terms of office
· The functions of the electoral process [Amendment approved duringDebate]
· Voting systems
· Voter registration

As revised by PPC in P5/2012 (Lodged 13.01.2012)

“1. The Electoral Commission shall consider all the following
areas –
· Classes of States member;
· Constituencies and mandates;
· Number of States members; ”

Deputy Le Herissier Amendments to P5, REINSTATES TWO OF THE THREE ITEMS LISTED IN P15 BUT OMITTED IN P5:

· The functions of the electoral process;
· Voting systems;

ELECTORAL COMMISSION – COMPOSITION

P.15/2011  (As approved by the States in Debate on 15.03.2011 )

P.15 proposed the Electoral Commission should comprise “a Chairman and 2 other members from outside the Island and of 3 Jersey residents”. This was amendment so as

“to request the Privileges and Procedures Committee, after consultation, to bring
forward proposals for debate ahead of the debate on the Annual Business Plan 2012
detailing the proposed composition of the Electoral Commission, …;”

R.54/2011 PPC Consultation document (13.05.2011)

In R.54/2011, PPC listed 3 possible options for the composition of the Commission: -

Option 1 – Chairman and 2 members from outside Jersey, 3 members from Jersey;
Option 2 – Chairman from outside Jersey, 3 or 4 local members;
Option 3 – No outside members – Chairman and members from Jersey.

R110/2011 PPC Report (07.09.2011)

PPC duly reported and recommended the Commission comprise: - 5 members, with a
local Chairman, 2 members from Jersey and 2 expert members from outside the
Island.

As revised by PPC in P5/2012 (Lodged 13.01.2012)

“(a) to agree that the Commission should be comprised of 3 members of the States, one of whom shall be its Chairman, together with 3 other persons with appropriate skills and experience who are not members of the States, appointed by the States on the recommendation of the Privileges and Procedures Committee following a recruitment process overseen by the Jersey Appointments Commission;”

Deputy Le Herissier Amendments to P5, WHICH WILL THEN READ:

“(a) to agree that the Commission should be comprised of 7 independent members, one of whom shall be its Chairman, possessing appropriate skills and experience, appointed by the States on the recommendation of the Privileges and Procedures Committee following a recruitment process overseen by the Jersey Appointments Commission;”


2 comments:

  1. Thank you. We can now see exactly what a loss to the States Daniel Wimberley has been.

    The process of voter registration should be there: not least because the existing system deliberately deprives certain classes of tax-paying islanders any say in the democratic process.

    The fact that even under the Le Herissier amendment the States have the final say on who they pick leaves the field wide open to abuse by the one body that has proved time and again that it only cares about feathering its own nest.

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  2. I feel very proud to have heard these two interviews, proud to be Jersey, proud to hear wisdom, Philip Bailhache has no right to be part of any electorial decisions, nor has any politician. I do know that he was not in favour of the Clothier nor the Carswell report, if you look back at JEP articles you will see he publicly when he was a Judge gave his non-support to them. No it is time for a democratic group of people to represent all of the Island and if this happens, I am sure the Island will believe in voting more! Julie

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