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General Election 2020: SACC's first policy letter published

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Monday 11 March 2019

The Committee is pleased to publish its first policy letter on the Island-wide General Election which will take place in June 2020, which it aims to have debated at the April States' Meeting.

The policy letter covers the changes needed to the Law governing elections to enable the 2020 General Election to be held on an Island-wide basis.

Deputy Inder, President of the States' Assembly & Constitution, said,

"The Island is currently split into seven Electoral Districts for General Elections. We need to change the Law so that there will be one Island-wide district to elect 38 Deputies. Given that the Law needs to receive Royal Assent, it is important that this policy letter is debated in April so that the necessary changes to legislation can be made as soon as possible.

We are proposing that the General Election is held on Wednesday 17th June, 2020 and that opportunities for advance voting are expanded and improved in order to ease potential congestion on Election Day".

In drawing up the policy letter, the Committee has also put forward recommendations that it believes will improve the processes surrounding General Elections, including:

Deputy Inder, President of the States' Assembly & Constitution, said,

"This policy letter represents the very first stage of the process, in setting the legal framework for the General Election. Our next policy letter will focus on important matters such as the distribution of manifestos, the funds available to candidates, what support the States will provide to candidates, what information the States will provide to the voters etc.

I have always said that this is the people's policy and, with this in mind, we'd really like to hear from the public as to how they want to receive information about candidates in the lead up to the election and therefore would encourage people to e-mail or write to the Committee with their thoughts".

The Committee is currently considering proposing funding:

Further information about the above can be found in the 'Candidate Expenditure and Grants' section of the policy letter. It is intended the above would be provided instead of the States providing grants to each candidate.

If you would like to provide your thoughts to the Committee regarding the above, or any of the other proposals, please e-mail via assemblycom@gov.gg or by letter c/o States' Assembly & Constitution Committee, Royal Court House, St Peter Port, GY1 2NZ.

The Committee is starting work on its second policy letter immediately and will be looking to consult and seek feedback from the public as it develops its proposals.

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Island-Wide Voting - the First Policy Letter

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