Jersey

Jersey politician wants open ballots for ministers and chairmen

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Image caption Deputy Pitman wants open ballots for ministers and chairs of the committees and scrutiny panels

Deputy Trevor Pitman wants the ballot for ministers and chairmen to be open.

Currently there is a secret ballot for ministers, and for chairmen of scrutiny panels, the privileges and procedures and the public accounts committees, and the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission.

But the deputy wants States members to be able to ask who voted for whom.

The deputy successfully brought in changes this year to allow the latest chief minister's ballot in November to be made by open ballot.

Deputy Pitman said the change had brought to an end "the damaging and divisive secrecy that had been in place throughout the less than satisfactory first two terms of ministerial government".

If the States agrees, the ballots would be open for those elected to the States in the next election in 2014.

The States will debate the proposal on 17 January, the first sitting after the Christmas break.

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