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Electoral reform in Jersey

The current outbreak of electoral reform stems from the findings of the CLOTHIER REPORT.

The opening paragraph of the report is as follows:

 

On 2nd March 1999 the States of Jersey approved a proposition to appoint a body to undertake a review of all aspects of the Machinery of Government in Jersey with the following Terms of Reference:­
‘ to consider whether the present machinery of government in Jersey is appropriate to the task
of determining, co-ordinating, effecting and monitoring all States’ policies and the delivery
of all public services; including the composition, operation and effectiveness of the States’ Assembly; the composition, operation and effectiveness of the Committees of the States; the role and respective responsibilities of the States, the Committees and Departments in achieving an efficient and effective strategic and business planning and resource allocation process;

the role of the Bailiff;

the transparency, accountability and democratic responsiveness of the States’ Assembly

and Committees of the States;

and

whether the machinery of government is presently subject to checks and balances

sufficient to safeguard the public good and the rights of individuals;

but excluding ­
the constitutional relationship between the Bailiwick and the United Kingdom;
and
the constitutional relationship between the Bailiwick and the European Union;
and to make recommendations to the Policy and Resources Committee on how the present
machinery of government could be improved.’