States Assembly Decision on Electoral Reform

Friday 3 February 14:56

States of Jersey Assembly agree to new electoral districts, super constituencies, for the next general election in 2018.

Below is a summary of what the States of Jersey Assembly agreed to, regarding electoral reform for the next general election in 2018:

  • The Assembly will be comprised of 48 members, rather than 49 members as is the case now.
  • There will be 8 Senators elected on an Island-wide basis, as is the case now.
  • There will be 12 Connétables, one for each Parish as is the case now.
  • There will be 28 Deputies, rather than 29 Deputies as is the case now.  However, the district boundaries for Deputies will change from what they are now.

PPC will bring back to the Assembly the legislation necessary to bring these measures into force.

Formally, the precise wording of what was agreed was is as follows:

The Assembly agreed:

(a) That it should establish an Assembly of 48 Members comprising 12 Parish Connétables elected from within the current Parish boundaries, 8 Senators elected on an Island-wide basis and 28 Deputies elected from 6 large districts, in accordance with the table set out in paragraph (b) below;”.

(b) That the proposed 6 new large districts would replace the current Schedule 1 to the States of Jersey Law 2005, as follows –

 

Constituencies: Number of Deputies to be returned:

District 1: St. Helier North

Vingtaine du Mont Cochon,

Vingtaine du Mont à l’Abbé,

Vingtaine du Haut du Mont au Prêtre 

Vingtaine du Rouge Bouillon,

in the Parish of St. Helier.

6

District 2: St. Helier South

Cantons de Bas et de Haut de la Vingtaine de la Ville,

Vingtaine de Bas du Mont au Prêtre,

in the Parish of St. Helier.

6

District 3: South-East District

Parish of St. Clement

Parish of Grouville

4

District 4: East Central District

Parish of St. Martin

Parish of St. Saviour

4

District 5: North Central District

Parish of St. John

Parish of St. Lawrence

Parish of St. Mary

Parish of Trinity
4

District 6: West District

Parish of St. Brelade

Parish of St. Ouen

Parish of St. Peter
4

(c) that in an Assembly of 48 members, the maximum number of Ministers and Assistant Ministers should be 19.

(d) to request the Privileges and Procedures Committee to bring forward for debate the necessary legislative changes to enable the foregoing in time for the May 2018 elections.

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