Sacc to bring electronic voting report before States early next year

A REPORT on electronic voting should be before the States early next year, States Assembly and Constitution Committee president Neil Inder told members yesterday.

States Assembly and Constitution Committee president Deputy Neil Inder. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 26622463)
States Assembly and Constitution Committee president Deputy Neil Inder. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 26622463)

In a general update on the committee’s work outside of its plans for the election, which formed the basis of a separate policy letter, Deputy Inder told members of progress being made in other areas.

He said that Sacc had undertaken a market analysis of available solutions for simultaneous electronic voting and these would be finalised at Sacc’s January meeting, with a report due to follow soon after.

States members attended a workshop in September which led to the production of guidance notes for new candidates, and led to a budget of £35,000 being approved by Policy & Resources for spending on an on-boarding and development programme for prospective candidates and States’ Members.

Progress on this would be reported to members at the February workshop.

In answer to a question by Deputy John Gollop, Deputy Inder said that the issue of continued training for new States members – once they had taken up their post – would be a topic that could be raised at the February workshop.

Members were also updated on Sacc’s efforts to review the Code of Conduct, for which a sub-committee had been appointed, said Deputy Inder.

A sub-committee had also been formed to look at the composition of the States of Election, the election process, term of office and age limits for jurats.

A first draft of a policy letter had been written and over the next couple of months the sub-committee was due to hold consultations, before reporting back to Sacc ahead of the report being brought to the States.

Issues surrounding the States’ Rules of Procedure had been monitored by the committee and it planned to return before the end of this political term with a ‘wash-up’ report identifying any changes that it feels are required.

A proposed review of the role and constitution of the Transport Licensing Authority had stalled, said Deputy Inder, due to ‘other more pressing priorities’, and he anticipated progress on this being made next year.

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