Phone Poll On Voting Changes

19th May 2017

An IPSOS MORI poll will ask 1,000 islanders – by phone – what they think of dividing Jersey into six super-constituencies.

A Scrutiny panel has commissioned a survey into planned changes to voting districts, ahead of a States debate next month.

Deputy John Le Fondré says it is vital people make their voices heard – or changes might be made that they don’t agree with.

“One option is to remove the position of Senator completely.

“Two options are then variations of what is in essence the removal of parish deputies and replacing them with a position also called ‘Deputy’, but who would be elected by what’s called super-constituencies.

“There are impacts then, because there are winners and losers in that.

“It’s really to get people to understand what the position is and get some feedback from them.”

The States voted against holding a referendum on the proposed changes.

A series of public meetings are taking place where people can hear more about the proposals and give their opinions.

The public can also submit comments to Scrutiny by emailing before 25 May.

The findings will be presented to the States before politicians vote on the changes on 6 June.

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