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Who wants to be a Douzenier ?

Post by GD on Tue 26 Oct 2010, 10:40 am

Guernsey parishes aren't getting enough people putting themselves forward to be on the Douzaine.

St Martin's Senior Constable Gerry Tattersall says they struggle to fill the seats.

Nominations are closed for this year's Douzaine elections. In St Martins three douzainers and a procureur are retiring by rotation, and one junior constable's job is available. Current senior constable Gerry Tattersall is due to step down from that position at the end of this year, and junior constable Richard Strappini will take his place. He says it's the variety, and the chance to help - that would make him recommend the job to anyone who's interested.

Richard Strappini said, "...we have those sorts of duties which are laid down, but then at any time on any day somebody could walk through the door and say, I've got a problem, and it involves something to do with the parish, and we can help them, and it might just be as mundane as a tree falling down to something that is really eating into people's lives."

One of the public duties carried out by the constables is their twice yearly check that parishioners have cut back their hedges and left pavements clear for the public.

Gerry Tattersall said, "it's an honour to serve the parish as douzainer, which is a job which doesn't entail an awful lot. Constable, yes, you get out of it what you put into it - so ten, fifteen, twenty hours a week, and it's a privilege. You are representing your parish, you are somebody in the parish, and you are putting something back into the parish and I'm amazed that we don't have a bigger response. But we don't. Every year we struggle to fill the vacancies."

They don't know why that is - but suspect with many people leading busy lives, it's simply a lack of time. (from CTV)

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Re: Who wants to be a Douzenier ?

Post by GD on Wed 27 Oct 2010, 5:06 pm

Only 10 of Guernsey's parish official posts will be contested at the next elections.

Polling for douzeniers is due to take place in the Castel, Forest and St Saviour and for a constable in St Peter Port, all on 3 November.

Constables look after the day-to-day parish administration, while douzeniers meet to consider parochial matters.

Before 2004 the representatives had a seat in the government, but since then their role has been questioned.

In June the States of Guernsey made a number of changes to the roles, including repealing laws that were more than 100 years old.

It also decided a charter would be drawn up to define the relationship between the island's parliamentary body and the parochial authorities.

Contested seats

In the Castel four people are looking to be elected to one of the three douzenier seats; Caroline Bowker, John Cook, Graeme Cox and Robert Marquis.

The Forest also has four candidates for three douzenier positions; Keith Bienvenu, Dr Michael Mowbray, Anne Shakerley and David Winch.

In St Saviour three douzenier seats are being sought by five nominees; Michael Best, Paul Burnard, John Foley, Renaut de Garis and Roger Perrot.

Current St Peter Port constable Jenny Tasker will defend her seat against Dennis Le Moigne.

The Parish of St Sampson has received no nominations for the role of constable so the post will be readvertised. (from BBC)


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Post by kat on Wed 27 Oct 2010, 8:07 pm

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