Thursday, April 25, 2013
26% IS A BLOODY DISGRACE - LET US NOT SPIN - A TOTAL DISGRACE
"THE JERSEY REFERENDUM"
"LET'S CHUCK THE SPIN IN THE BIN"
"26% VOTER TURNOUT IS A DISGRACE - A COMPLETE AND UTTER DISGRACE"
"63,945 REGISTERED VOTERS AND ONLY 16,624 TURNOUT"
"HOW CAN ANYONE SAY THEY HAVE A MANDATE"
"APATHY WINS THE REFERENDUM BY A VAST MAJORITY"
There are many reasons for such a low turnout. Some would have used it as a protest vote against the options on offer but I believe the main reason is Apathy.
Apathy must be challenged in Jersey. It is beyond doubt the only clear winner in this shambolic referendum.
I seriously didn't want to vote as I wasn't happy with any of the options. I forced myself. I went with A even though I think that option is flawed with the 42 members. It was the only option I had. There simply wasn't a second option on the ballot paper for me. Anyone wanting to keep the Constables had two options. That isn't a conspiracy as some are saying it was on my ballot paper.
A 26% VOTER TURNOUT.
How can anyone be happy about this? The Spin Machine has started. In a previous posting I pointed out the fact that Senator Bailhache would not be drawn on what was a reasonable turnout in the referendum. This is what I said:
"The reason I'm voting 'A' is that I want option 'A' to stand a chance in the debate that will follow the referendum. Option 'A' must win at the polls to stand a slight chance of being implemented. During the BBC Jersey Breakfast show this morning the most crucial part was when the presenter Mathew Price asked Senator Bailhache about what he thought was a reasonable number regarding voter turnout. Senator Bailhache refused to be drawn on this issue. He said "If a reasonable percentage of the island turnout for one or other of the options he is sure the states will implement it." Mathew Price asked him a number of times just what he thought was a reasonable number but the Senator refused to give one. I thought Mathew Price should have been harder with Senator Bailhache on this point. He should have told him that his listeners deserved to know what the Chairman of the Electoral Commission thought was a reasonable number."
It is a disgraceful turnout.
There are 63,945 registered voters in Jersey
16,624 People turned out to vote. And after the first round of counting just look at how close it really was.
Option B. 6,804
Option A. 6,581
Option C. 3,239
The difference between A & B is simply 223 votes. The first count was the truest reflection of this referendum because A voters simply had nowhere else to go.
What will happen will happen regarding the States of Jersey and implementing this referendum. There will be many amendments to the main proposition.
BUT LET US NOT FORGET THAT ONLY 16,624 PEOPLE TURNED OUT TO VOTE
IT IS DISGRACEFUL
Option B on the first Count had 6,804 votes. This is to change the makeup of Government and to affect everyone of us. There are more people at Jersey Live on a Saturday afternoon than that total.
Do not rejoice, do not beat the drum, do not walk about with puffed out chests Jersey has a serious problem and it must be addressed.
I listen to the youth assembly. There are green shoots out there. Why is the Island so disengaged with politics? We must get into the schools, have debating forums in school. We lack a University which is a huge problem. We must engage the youth.
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