Here below is a synopsis of the comments that I submitted regarding representation at Isle of Man General Election 2016 and how this can be improved.
I enclosed a spreadsheet of the election result from September 22nd 2016, The spreadsheet covers all the results from all the constituencies in the Isle of Man. I submitted as shown in my example below the results from Rushen constituency where I stood to demonstrate total representation in Rushen.
Total votes balloted in Rushen constituency 5767 as per Manx Radio
Turnout in Rushen officially 58.2%
Leo Cussons Independent 331 5.7%
James Hampton Independent 1033 17.9%
Mark Kemp Independent 1104 19.1%
Laurence Skelly Independent 1212 Elected 21.0%
Juan Watterson Independent 2087 Elected 36.2%
Census 2016 give the total number of residents at 6,977
Total number of resident registered voters 5767
Difference of 1210
That lowers the turn out to 45.47%
From the turnout, two candidates were elected with 57.2% of the vote
That means that 42.8% of people that voted are not represented in any form
Most worrying is that from the total number of residents in Rushen only 26.03% (57.25% of 45.47%) are represented. This clearly is not very effective form of representation.
In the short term, I propose that voting should be made compulsory as the sheer cost of elections makes them ineffective if they are not used by all residents. This would also mean that everyone is involved in society. There are many places in the world where this has proven to be successful. Australia is a good example of this.
Secondly, we need to move some sort of proportional representation where all candidates are members of political parties. The total vote in the Isle of Man for each party secures the number of seats in Tynwald. This way you a have a true representation of all the people in the Isle of Man and their will.
So as we enter the last few days, here are some of thoughts about the election and the future. For our political system to work the playing field has to be level, not just for business but on a personal level too. If it is level, people will join in, and this in itself is the road to a stronger, united future. The next five years – whatever happens after the 22nd – are going to be difficult. We are going to see an unprecedented rate of change as we try to balance our economy with the budget and with the changes in the larger world economy. Direct Democracy has a part in this whereby the public can vote on matters and direction that they find important and especially when we have to make the hard decisions.
Lastly, I wholly respect the responsibility that will come if I am elected to represent you in the House of Keys. I know that there has been widespread dissatisfaction with the ways in which the last administration appeared to lose touch with that. Please be assured that I will strive to remain engaged with the public and people’s needs throughout my term. With your support I Iook forward to being able to contribute to a new government that is committed to changing things for the better, and putting people at the centre of that change. Vote yes, Vote change, Vote Leo.
If you are away on Election day please complete the advance vote form below.
Once the form is received by the returning office below, a ballot paper will be issued, so you can vote. Please bring ID
Please note however that anyone wishing to cast an advance vote on Friday will require to have submitted a signed, completed application form to this office by close of business on Thursday. The certifying officer in Port Erin on Friday morning will not be in a position to process applications which have not been made by the end of Thursday i.e. voters cannot just ‘turn up’ without having first applied for an Advance Vote.
The last day for receipt of applications for Advance Votes to be taken in the Isle of Man is Friday so, even if they intend to vote the following week, I must have their applications by close of business on the 16th or they will be refused pursuant to the Regulations.
The period during which applications for Advance Votes to be taken outside the Isle of Man must be received closed on Monday 12th September.
Postal Votes can also be arranged at Port Erin Commissioners
Friday 16th 10am – 12 noon and Tuesday 20th 9.30am – 12.30pm.
Or by contacting:
Constituency of Rushen
The Old Courthouse
Isle of Man
Tel: + 44 (0)1624 651951
Fax: + 44 (0)1624 651950
13th of September – Port Erin, St Catherine’s Church Hall
15th of September – Port St Mary, Town Hall
19th of September – Port Erin, St Catherine’s Church Hall
All meetings 7.30pm to 10pm
20 September Manx Radio Constituency Program
All candidates 6pm
Sheading of Rushen
September 22th Election
Thursday 8th of September
7.30pm to 10pm
Port St Mary Town Hall
All candidates will be present to answer your questions
S D Clucas Captian of the Parish of Rushen
All written questions to the Captain of the Parish
To S D Clucus CP at a Ballurchy house, Balafassson House, Port Erin, IM9 6AE
There will be 3 other public meetings on 13th PE, 15th PSM, and the 19th PE information to follow.
Isle of Man General Election – 22nd September 2016
Dear Resident of Rushen,
I have to decided to stand for election to the House of Keys in September, because I believe we have the chance to create a society where all people feel engaged, empowered, valued and can live in peace with their surroundings. For far too long we have had an unfair playing field for businesses, where large corporations dominate our markets with their products and make no other contributions to our society and where good ideas are defeated by the power of big businesses. I am standing in the election because our travel links are a monopoly and they advertise in the papers and tell us how great the service is. I am stepping up because we do not have enough staff to fill our hospitals. I am stepping up because our society should not be defined by the car you drive or the house you live in. I am stepping up because government is not a transparent organisation in its decision making process or in the contracts it makes. I am stepping up because it is not a question on how we treat the elderly in society, but that we will look after them because we are a caring, engaging society. I am stepping up because we fail our creative & tourism industries by not supporting them to export their products. I am stepping up because education is the future of a sustainable society. I am stepping up because we don’t have enough housing that is affordable, yet there is always room for one more Mansion. I stepping up because for far too long we have been told there is no money. We are a society where everyone makes a contribution in proportion to their ability. Where opportunities exist for disabled, and the vulnerable. Where equal pay and transparency in our dealings is available to all. I am stepping up because for our lives to have meaning the expression that ‘we are all in it together’ has to be taken back and reclaimed by each and every one of us.
My full Manifesto will be sent shortly before the election, if you are not registered to vote or are unsure if you are, please contact me for clarification. I will be calling at every house in the Rushen Constituency over the next month. If I happened to miss you. I am usually available from 10am to 12pm most days except Sunday by visiting Ken Quine’s in Port Erin.
If you have any questions or wish to arrange a private meeting or help my election campaign in any way please do not hesitate to contact myself.
Very best regards,
Please Contact Leo Cussons, Ken Quine’s, 15 Station road, Rushen IM9 6AE. Tel : 406750 – Mobile
Website : www.leocussons.com Email Available on : Linkedin & Twitter:@leocussons
Born in Glen Maye in 1971, I have been raised on the island studying at the Isle of Man Technical College. I have a LLB (Hons) in Law from Lancaster University and a Legal Practice Certificate from Manchester Metropolitan University. I have set up several businesses over the years, including an environmental friendly industrial cleaning business, Website design and I am currently the proprietor of Ken Quine’s hardware shop in Port Erin. I have lived for ten years in the Netherlands working as an ERP computer consultant before I returned to the island in 2004. I have two children and I live with my partner.
So a few weeks ago I went along to talk by Jason Lewis who is the first person to circumnavigate the world using only his man powered devices. It took him 13 years to do it, he spent a hundred and 13 days crossing the Atlantic in little more than a large sealed kayak. In world where it possible to fly London to New York in a few hours why would he do it. Maybe it is not about the speed but about the Journey. His trip is something so unique most of us/all of us will never experience it. So what did he learn from his trip. Well he now gives talks/training on sustainability.
After this talk I took the decision that my Business would no longer stock polystyrene cups or plates. On Jason travels he came across island’s where this sort waste was washing up on the beaches. Business can do more I am always surprised that more people do not use rechargeable batteries, Led lighting where there are considerable savings to be made. We always make a point of getting Eco friendly solutions into the shop and staff are trained to explain the difference in the products.
I would go one step further though and encourage customers or readers of this to write/email their local politician to encourage a ban on such products being sold at all. While they are cheaper in the long-term they enormously harmful for future generations use of the environment. The Isle of Man is long way behind recycling compared to the UK and the UK is far beyond Europe.
JASON LEWIS is
recognized by Guinness World Records as the first person to circumnavigate the Earth without using motors or sails – ie, walking, cycling, skating across land, and kayaking, swimming, rowing, and pedalling a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans.