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Delayed general election to be held on 7 October

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A GENERAL election will be held on Wednesday, 7 October this year, the States decided today, and the 38 successful candidates will serve for four years and eight months.

SACC president Deputy Neil Inder. (28425502)

After postponing the election until June 2021 earlier this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the move out of lockdown saw members accept a proposal from the States's Assembly and Constitution Committee to bring the election forward.

And following the acceptance of an amendment from Matt Fallaize, the next election after October will take place in June 2025.

Introducing the report, Sacc president Neil Inder said that this was the third time in just over two months that the States had debated the date of the election.

'It's evidenced in this policy letter that it is feasible to hold the general election later this year in line... with advice from public health,' he said

It had been 'no mean feat' to prepare the report in such a short time period, and Deputy Inder thanked the douzaines for their cooperation in confirming the availability of polling stations and officials and the director of public health for her help.

While Sacc favoured the 2025 election taking place in April, Deputy Fallaize's amendment saw this put back to June. But a second amendment from him seeking to have the election in June, 2024 was unsuccessful.

The propositions, as amended, were approved by a substantial majority, with only deputies Lester Queripel and Carl Meerveld voting against.

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