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7 October election pencilled in

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7 October election pencilled in


The States Committee responsible for delivering the island's first island-wide election will recommend holding it on 7 October in a policy letter they're planning to release later this week.

The 2020 general election was originally scheduled to take place last week but it was cancelled due to the corona virus pandemic.

The States Assembly & Constitution Committee were last month asked by Policy & Resource to consider dates in late September or early October, following updated Public Health advice and an easing in lockdown restrictions as Guernsey reported no new cases for more than a month. 

Sacc President Neil Inder told States members last month that 7 October was being worked up by officers as the committee's favoured option. 

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Pictured: The States voted earlier this year to postpone the election - initially until June 2021 before the island's pandemic situation improved markedly.

In an email last night, he told colleagues that those proposals had been finalised. 

"Last time I wrote to you on the subject I committed to 'as soon as we know, you'll know'. Today the Committee reviewed the final draft of its policy letter. The date we will be recommending to the States will be for a General Election to be held on October 7th."

The Public Health advice behind that decision will be included as appendices to the committee's policy letter. 

The Policy Letter is due to be signed off on Wednesday and submitted on Thursday this week. 

Pictured top: Deputy Neil Inder. 

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