Legal breach no barrier to electoral reform panel
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Senator Bailhache said that it was not right to involve someone in looking at the election process who had a conviction for breaching election law. In 2009 Deputy Southern was fined £10,000 after he admitted helping Islanders to apply for postal voting forms during the 2008 election.
Senator Bailhache said: ‘If you created a criminal law commission to look at burglary, you wouldn’t invite a convicted burglar to join the commission.
‘This is not an attack on Deputy Southern or his integrity. It’s about the perception of involving someone with a conviction for breaking election law. I think it’s completely inappropriate.’