The proposal is the fourth time the Constables have had to defend their seats in recent years, but this time it will be slightly different – the move has come from St Clement Constable Len Norman.
He says that some people would want to run for Constable if it did not mean that they had to sit in the States, but that others stood solely to become a States Member.
His amendment to the Privileges and Procedures reform plans would force Constables to stand for two elections if they wanted to sit in the States – one for the parish office, and one for the political role.
Under his amendments, there would be 49 States seats divided into parishes and sub-parish districts, like now, but each would have at least two Members.
• See Thursday’s JEP for full story.