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'Jersey test' for non-British election hopefuls rejected

'Jersey test' for non-British election hopefuls rejected

Thursday 11 February 2021

'Jersey test' for non-British election hopefuls rejected

A Deputy has pledged to “search for a way to open the door” to politics to more island residents after her proposal to create a ‘Jersey test’ for non-British election hopefuls was unsuccessful.

Put to a vote earlier today, Deputy Inna Gardiner’s proposal secured 22 votes in favour, and 22 against, meaning that it was officially rejected.

The St. Helier representative had suggested that instead of applying for British citizenship, non-British residents wishing to stand for election should be allowed to take a test on life in Jersey to prove they are eligible.

Under her plans, instead of citizenship, eligibility for election would be determined by a process split into two sections:

  • A test detailing the history of the island and its customs
  • A ‘swearing in’ ceremony in the Royal Court

The key source of information for the test would come from the Jersey supplement of the ‘Life in the United Kingdom’ test for British citizenship, but added that additional approaches could also be taken in developing the test. 

However, a majority of States Members did not agree with the idea, so it was rejected.

Deputy Gardiner said after the vote: “I will continue to search for a way to open the door of our assembly to everyone, which will get enough support  and consensus to be passed by majority of our Members.”

In September, the States Assembly also voted against allowing non-British citizens to stand for election, instead voting in a five-year requirement and a need for those standing to hold ‘entitled to work’ status. 

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Posted by Private Individual on
I'm sorry but if people wish to stand for election they must adhere to our legislation and take a British test.

This is normal throughout the World if you wish to stand for an elected government position in the country you reside in.

Simply become a British citizen, take the test and stand for election.

What could be simpler than that?
Posted by Keith Marsh on
Pleased that this "wide open door" was closed and that anyone wishing to become a paid member of our States, must first become a British Citizen.
That is the way it MUST be.
Posted by on
‘Normal throughout the world’. Well it isn’t a requirement in the UK for a start...
Posted by Paul Hadikin on
Common sense prevails
Posted by Jon Jon on
Glad this failed and she should just accept it,but that’s the trouble with our politicians,they fail but just carry on bringing these propositions back again.What we want is less people in the states with higher IQ’s,so maybe an IQ test for all.
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