Jersey chief minister vote results will be made public

Senator Terry Le Sueur
Image caption Senator Terry Le Sueur is Jersey's second chief minister and will be retiring from politics in October

Jersey politicians have voted narrowly in favour of having an open ballot to elect the chief minister in November.

In the past the vote for the island's political leader, which is done by the states assembly, happened anonymously.

The proposition brought by Deputy Trevor Pitman to open the voting on Thursday passed with 21 members voting in favour to 19 against.

The details of which States member voted for which candidate will now be made public.

Deputy Pitman said it was important for the vote to be more transparent.

He said: "I think secrecy is something that really is undermining democracy and is what a lot of people feel unhappy about.

"I think anything we can do to show a little more commitment to openness and transparency, any more we can do to make people feel engaged in what we are doing, and the fact that we are asking them to participate in life, in politics, has got to be a good thing."

States members will meet to vote for the next chief minister on 14 November.

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