Four vacancies will arise on the Legislative Council on 29th February 2020 for a term of office ending on 28th February 2025.
The Speaker of the House of Keys, the Hon Juan Watterson SHK, has determined under Standing Orders that an election will be held on Thursday 12th March 2020, with nominations opening on Wednesday 29th January 2020 and closing on Wednesday 26th February 2020.
The President of Tynwald, the Hon Steve Rodan MLC, has been tasked by Tynwald with encouraging a wide variety of candidates to come forward for this election and to make the process as accessible as possible. He said:
“Tynwald should represent the community it serves. Although the Legislative Council is not directly elected by the people but indirectly elected by the House of Keys, it should nevertheless reflect as far as possible the different groups which make up the population of the Isle of Man. In this year’s elections to the Legislative Council I would once again like to see an increase in participation by candidates who are not already known to Members of Tynwald or who otherwise might feel less able to put themselves forward.
Ultimately it is up to the House of Keys to elect the best people for the job. For my part, I want to ensure that MHKs have the broadest possible range of candidates to choose from, and will be happy to speak to anyone who wishes to find out more about any aspect of the role.”
Mr Speaker added:
“The work of Legislative Council is important to the workings our unique parliamentary system. It is in the best interests of the whole Island that we attract a diverse range of talent to our Legislative Council to supplement those in the House of Keys.
Our last election to Legislative Council saw a significant number of candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. It is refreshing that Tynwald has actively endorsed this need for diversity and to attract people who have something to offer, but take on a role with a mandate secondary to that of the Keys.
There will be at least one member standing down, so I know that the Keys will be seeking a strong field from which to select four Members to play an active part in shaping the future of our Island.”
Further particulars of the role together with information on how to stand for election may be found on the Tynwald website by following this link.
For further information contact:
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald
Tel: 01624 686303