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New election hustings approach sought

Election update proposals put to Tynwald

All public meetings ahead of Manx general elections should in future be organised by the Cabinet Office.

That verdict from a Tynwald committee set up to review the organisation of last September's Island-wide poll.

The committee's 15 recommendations for change will be presented to members when the Court sits tomorrow (25 April).

They cover a wide range of topics - from voter registration and a new rule book for candidates, to the counting of votes.

Among updates the committee wants to see in place by 2020, a centralised system for calling and publicising hustings meetings.

Chairman David Cretney MLC says they are an important part of democracy - and should not be left to parishes and local authorities to organise:  

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