Guernsey

Alderney voters to be kept on continuous electoral roll

Voters in Alderney are to have their names preserved on a continuous electoral roll from next year.

The island's 10 States members are elected for four-year terms but in two staggered sections of five.

This means islanders are able to vote every two years, with a new roll created for each election.

However, this has led to voters being turned away on polling day because they believed they were registered to vote when in fact they were not.

Roy Burke, as the chief executive of the States of Alderney, acts as returning officer during elections and was asked in July to come up with a new system.

States support

He has recommended a continuous roll which is updated every two years, combined with a campaign prior to elections to ensure all potential voters are included.

The chief executive has responsibility for the roll and can add or remove names from it.

Francis Simonet, the chairman of the Policy and Finance Committee, said States members had indicated their support for the proposals.

No law changes are necessary and so the new system should be in place in time for the next election in 2014.

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