Tuesday, 6 March 2012
"BACK STABBING BASTARDS"
Politicians can sit on electoral reform panel
Protests have been taking place outside Jersey's States today where politicians have just rejected a ban on politicians sitting on a panel looking into electoral reform.
The campaigners and several States members wanted an 'independent' Electoral Commission to be re-instated.
Twenty five members voted to reject the proposal, with 22 for.
One member abstained from voting.
Last March, politicians agreed they were incapable of reforming themselves from within and voted for an Independent Electoral Commission - where external experts could ensure an unbiased review.
But the October election brought a new house and a new Privileges and Procedures Committee - which is the group that sets the rules for the States.
They decided to challenge the idea of an Independent Commission - and instead put politicians on the Panel, but that's sparked controversy.
Some States members, including Deputy Roy le Herissier, think any political influence would only derail the Commission's work.