The tight timescales in the current process to elect a new Chief Minister will be reviewed after one candidate missed out on the chance to run by mere minutes.
After Kristina Moore was ousted in a vote of no confidence last week, hopefuls for the top political job had less than 24 hours to present their “vision statements” and names of six backers to the States Greffe.
Deputy Tom Binet – the former Minister behind the VONC – missed the deadline to stand for the top political job by mere minutes after he miscounted his backers.
He eventually decided to throw his weight behind successful candidate Deputy Lyndon Farnham, who is offering him the chance to run the hospital project again – this time as Health Minister.
Ahead of the vote for a replacement yesterday, the Bailiff decided to address the issue in the States Chamber.
Pictured: Bailiff Sir Timothy Le Cocq picking the order each Chief Ministerial candidate would give a speech out of a hat yesterday.
Sir Timothy Le Cocq explained that this was the first time the law has been use in the 19 years since it was drafted, following the island's first successful vote of no confidence.
The Bailiff admitted that the "timescale was "quite tight" but said that it had been "appropriately applied" last week.
He suggested that it is something that should now be reviewed by the Privileges and Procedures Committee.
The committee’s chair, Constable Karen Shenton-Stone, nodded in agreement.
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