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Electoral Commission looking into e-Voting

The system would be in addition to current methods

Towards the end of last week, the Isle of Man's Electoral Commission held the first of a string of meetings with hopes to gather public feedback on the way general elections are carried out.

We've since learned constituency boundaries are up for debate, after it was revealed as many as three are in excess of their 'maximum' voter allowance.

The meeting saw a disappointing turnout, with only one member of the public in attendance.

The Electoral Commission's aim is to look at accessibility and how best to encourage residents to exercise their right to vote.

A number of discussion points were raised, ranging from constituency boundaries all the way to introducing e-Voting whereby eligible voters could register a vote from the comfort of their own homes.

Manx Radio's Christian Jones went along and sat down with Electoral Commission member Peter Whiteway:

As we previously heard, the number of chairs set up in anticipation of the public to come along was significantly over stated.

It's something that's received criticism from a Ramsey Commissioner Juan McGuinness who thinks the way the way it's being advertised won't engage the public:

An online consultation has been set up which can be found HERE.

The remainder of the public meeting times are as follows:

  • East - 15 June in Douglas -  St Andrew's Church Hall, 18.30-20.00
  • South - 20 June in Ballabeg - Arbory Parish Hall, 18.30-20.00
  • West - 29 June in Peel - Corrin Hall, 18.30-20.00

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