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Sark might cut conseiller seats that it cannot fill

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SARK may have to consider reducing the number of conseillers because it has so far failed to find enough candidates to fill the seats available.

Just 12 people stepped forward to fill the 14 seats available in the election, while three by-election vacancies also need to be filled.

Those 12 were declared as elected on a four-year term.

There are 28 seats in total.

In a report to go before Chief Pleas to set a date for another attempt, Policy and Performance Committee chairman Charles Maitland said it has been a disappointment that there has been a shortfall in candidates willing to put themselves forward for election.

'This has meant that the people of Sark have been unable to exercise their democratic right to choose representatives to serve in the government.

'Also, there is now a pressure on conseillers to populate the present committee structure.

'As a result the committee shall be taking soundings inside and outside government to understand fully the seriousness of the situation the government is facing. It may mean reducing the number of conseillers required under the Reform Law 2008.'

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