Election observers (FOI)
Election observers (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 09 February 2018.
Which department is responsible for appointing outside election observers for the forthcoming May elections?
What is the anticipated cost?
Where will the observers be recruited from?
To whom will they report?
Article A69 of the Public Elections (Jersey) Law states that ‘The Privileges and Procedures Committee, after consultation with the Chief Minister, may appoint one or more observers of a public election’. The States Greffe will provide administrative services to the Privileges and Procedures Committee during the process of appointing election observers.
The estimated cost for Jersey of appointing election observers for the May election are considered to be in the region of £53,000.
The Privileges and Procedures Committee, jointly with the Chief Minister, have agreed to approach the United Kingdom branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to provide observers for the May elections.
The election observers are independent, however Article A69 of the Public Elections (Jersey) Law sets out their rights and responsibilities. A copy of the relevant Article A69 is available at the following link:
Public Elections (Amendment No. 8) (Jersey) Law 2017
Further information on the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch of Election Observer Missions is available at the link below:
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK