Last night, following the Nomination Meeting, Senatorial Candidates met to agree on Hustings. The Greffe had tentatively suggested 4 super meetings in larger venues in locations across the island. This was firmly rejected by candidates and it was decided to stick to the traditional meetings in each of the twelve parishes.
I stressed the need for these meetings be considered as secular events as there have been occasions when they have been treated by Constables like Parish Meetings and begun with religious prayers. Essentially these would be generic election meetings located in the various parish halls.
The dates of Hustings are set out below. The meetings will begin at 7.30pm and finish around 9.30pm. Candidates will speak for 3 minutes. Questions will follow, taken in pairs, with the candidate allowed 2 minutes to answer.
Monday 15th August – St Saviour
Tuesday 16th August – St Clement
Wednesday 17th August – St Mary
Thursday 18th August – St Lawrence
Monday 22nd August – St Martin
Tuesday 23rd August – St Brelade - Communicare
Wednesday 24th August – Grouville
Thursday 25th August – St John
Tuesday 30th August – St Ouen
Wednesday 31st August – St Peter Community Center
Thursday 1st September – Trinity
Monday 5th September - Methodist Centre, Halkett Place, St Helier
Its going to be a hectic few weeks! But I am used to that and relish the thrill of the chase.