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Monday, 28 April 2014

"Referen-Dum Binding? States Voting Against The Bayleaf? Whatever Next?"

Referendum on the role of Bailiff 'should be binding'

Politicians could be forced to accept the result of a public vote on the removal of the Bailiff from the States if one Deputy gets his way.
Deputy Roy Le Hérissier wants any referendum result to be binding and has tabled an amendment to a proposal to be debated by the States next week.
The main proposition has been lodged by St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft and calls for the Bailiff to be removed as president of the States.
However, former Bailiff Sir Philip Bailhache, who is now a Senator, has already tabled a separate amendment. He wants a referendum to be held to allow the public to have their say on the matter.
If the States decide that there should be a referendum, then a vote will be held at the same time as the election in October.
And Deputy Le Hérissier wants to ensure that the result of any public vote cannot be ignored.

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