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Committee to look into fixed term elections

Government is in the final stages of establishing an ad hoc Governance Committee to look into fixed term elections, among other issues.

Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy said in the Senate this morning the committee will also investigate introducing absentee balloting for travellers and college students, giving voters the right to recall MPs and establish a process for citizens to initiate a referendum.

“Over the summer, the committee will actively engage in research regarding those matters that pertain to the timing and conduct of general elections,” Sen Fahy said.

“The Governance Committee will be established as a short-term committee and will engage in extensive research on matters of law and policy.

“Ultimately, the committee will submit recommendations that are in compliance with the Bermuda Constitution for the consideration of the Government.”

He said it is hoped the Committee’s membership structure and appointments will be finalised soon with work beginning in earnest before the end of the month.

Sen Fahy added that the Office of the Parliamentary Registrar has already started work on the absentee ballot initiative and will aid the committee with its work.

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Published May 15, 2013 at 2:33 pm (Updated May 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm)

Committee to look into fixed term elections

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