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Review of Electoral Reform

Scrutiny Panel to Hold Public Meetings to Discuss Electoral Reform

11 May 2017

The Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel has formed a Sub-Panel to examine the impact of proposed electoral changes, which are due to be debated on 6th June.

The Sub-Panel is holding a series of public meetings, one in each of the proposed new constituencies, at the following dates and times. The Panel wishes to find out what the public thinks about the changes being proposed before the States vote on 6th June. These meetings are:

1. Tuesday 16th May: St Saviour Parish Hall- 7pm
2. Wednesday 17th May: St Helier Town Hall 7pm
3. Monday 22nd May: Grouville Parish Hal l- 7pm
4. Tuesday 23rd May: St John’s Parish Hall - 7pm
5. Wednesday 24th May: St Ouen’s Parish Hall - 8pm


The proposed changes, brought forward by the Privileges and Procedures Committee, seek to create six “super-constituencies” to replace the current system for electing Deputies. Instead of each Parish electing their own Deputy or Deputies, new boundaries and the corresponding numbers of Deputies would be designated as follows:


1. St Helier North – 6 Deputies
2. St Helier South – 6 Deputies
3. South-East District (St Clement and Grouville) – 4 Deputies
4. East Central District (St Martin and St Saviour) – 4 Deputies
5. North Central District (St John, St Lawrence, St Mary and Trinity) – 4 Deputies
6. West District (St Brelade, St Ouen and St Peter) – 4 Deputies

Vice Chairman of the Sub-Panel, Deputy Kevin Lewis commented;
“The changes proposed will have a large impact on the electoral system. Whilst there has been plenty of discussion and debate surrounding electoral reform for many years, we feel that it is only right for us to speak to the public directly to understand their opinions and concerns before the States Assembly decides on a final course of action.”