A former Senator's plan to bring back the island-wide mandate in time for the next general election has been narrowly rejected.
After more than five hours of debate, States Members voted by 24-23 against Deputy Ian Gorst's proposition to bring back Senators.
Deputy Gorst said that having the Island-wide mandate was the most democratic system, urging his fellow Members to think carefully before rejecting it.
But others said the new electoral system, first used last year, had resulted in the most diverse Assembly ever seen and should be given time to bed in.
Although the margin of defeat was one vote, regulations about propositions relating to the make-up of the Assembly require an absolute majority of the 49 States Members, meaning Deputy Gorst needed 25 votes to succeed.
Former Senators seek role's return hours after becoming Deputies
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Our Gov voted to get rid of Senator,s which took SOME debate & cost & now he wants to reintroduce?
There is much to do at this time of MULTIPLE crises without THIS sort of nonsense!
Why not reinvent the wheel?
Have to say IanSmith97,howmany people actually consult a Politician and if I did it would be one with brain cells.Don't care if he lived in one of the other parishes I didn't live in.