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Constable faces mysterious 'None of the Above' campaign

Constable faces mysterious 'None of the Above' campaign

Saturday 18 June 2022

Constable faces mysterious 'None of the Above' campaign

Saturday 18 June 2022

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.

None of the Above St Brelade election poster.jpeg

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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Posted by Jon Jon on
Many will put none of the above re Connetables...they shouldn’t be in the States now.
Posted by Simon Langlois on
Is it legal to put up poster boards in public (eg. on lamp posts) when it's not for a candidate? This is a personal attack on a specific candidate, and it's hardly his fault that nobody else wants to stand for Connétable.

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?
Posted by Scott Mills on
best bit of advice I've heard since the pandemic started. If the person(s) aren't good enough, then None of the Above is good enough. Showing their faces....that's rich coming from a politician. We only see your face when "they" want your vote. No one GAS anymore about local politics. Different faces....same beaches.
Posted by on
I see no issue in anyone highlighting the fact that you can still have an effective vote by casting it as none of the above thus forcing a contested election and one of the parishes that have a non-contested election for constable.

It is unbelievable that they are still getting into government without a vote cast to democratically elect them.
Posted by Tom Hirundo on
It is astounding that the States Assembly voted to abolish Senators but retain Connetables. It’s the very anthesis of a democracy.
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