The Constable of St. Brelade has said that its “regrettable” that those behind posters and banners in the parish urging parishioners to vote “None of the Above” haven’t made themselves public.
Mike Jackson, who is not facing a contested election on Wednesday, said it would have made more sense if anyone opposed to him would have stood for election themselves.
This week, dozens of St Brelade-specific posters have appeared in the parish, calling on voters to cross ‘None of the Above’ – a new option this election for uncontested seats.
They add: “Let’s stop unelected officials making our decisions”.
It is unknown who has put up them up on lampposts and railings around St. Brelade.
Pictured: One of the new posters that has appeared in St. Brelade recently.
Mr Jackson said: “It’s regrettable that there are those who feel the need to hide behind a veil of secrecy.
“It would have made more sense if they’d simply stood for election - like I did!”
He added: “I have absolutely no idea what is driving this particular campaign but it is inevitable that with the Connetable’s role being, to a degree, regulatory there will be some disaffected by decisions made.”
Mr Jackson is one of eight Constables facing uncontested elections on Wednesday.
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Bona fide candidates are allowed to put up posters and banners, but within the guidelines (eg. road safety) issued by the Greffe, and their budgets for promotional material are restricted. These personal attack posters and banners have no such restrictions. They're not promoting candidates, so does that mean that anyone can put up poster boards for anything they like without permission?
Perhaps their efforts might be better directed if they put themselves forward to serve the Parish for the next 4 years?
It is unbelievable that they are still getting into government without a vote cast to democratically elect them.