ON Wednesday 15 October, Islanders will go the polls to choose six Senators and nine Constables in one of the most important States elections of modern times.
With Jersey facing a series of major challenges ranging from the preservation of the countryside to the need for economic diversification, and from soaring prices to international pressure and the need to cope with an ageing population, there has rarely been a time when the community has been in greater need of capable and effective political representatives.
This election is also the first to be held since the introduction of ministerial government and will be followed by the new States Assembly choosing Jersey’s second Chief Minister. The concentrated powers enjoyed by the new Council of Ministers that will follow make it all the more important that men and women with real ability, clear beliefs and accountable policies are chosen by voters and that the public spells out in these elections, and those for parish Deputies being held on 26 November, what direction they want the Island to take.
To help readers make their choices, the JEP plans to put your key questions to the Senatorial candidates.
Let us know what you think are the important issues in this election and the questions you would like us to ask on your behalf. We will publish your views and also distil from them a series of questions to be put to all the candidates and published with their answers before polling takes place.
E-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Election Forum, Jersey Evening Post, Five Oaks, St Saviour, JE4 8XQ.