Guernsey

Guernsey States revokes rarely used rule

The States of Guernsey has revoked a rule that created "uncertainties" even though it was not been used since 1935.

Rule 16 allows the presiding officer, the Bailiff, to force a proposal to be resubmitted if it was passed by less than two thirds of those who voted.

The States Assembly and Constitution Committee said this possibility created an area of doubt over some decisions.

Chairman Ivan Rihoy said: "It's very existence creates a period of uncertainty."

He said: "It vests a power in the presiding officer, which is not appropriate given his current role in the machinery of government."

The Bailiff is both head of state and head of the judiciary.

In 1935, Victor Carey, the Bailiff at the time, was asked to use the rule over a decision about establishing an aerodrome but he declined to do so.

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