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Alderney referendum will take form of normal States election

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More details have been released about the proposed referendum in Alderney on the controversial FAB link.

In this month's Billet the Policy and Finance Committee asks the States to approve a string of measures in order to allow it to move forward with a public vote.

One of the measures is that it will be run like a usual States Election, with voters asked to mark a slip with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and have it put in the ballot box. The votes will be counted under the oversight of an external official, independent of the States of Alderney, and the results publicly announced by that official.

The result of the referendum will not bind States members on how they vote on the deal but P&F Committee chairman James Dent says he expects politicians will respect the outcome and vote accordingly.

The proposed route of the controversial cable project. Credit: The proposed route of the controversial cable project. Credit: ITV Channel Television

The plan for a FAB link would see an electricity inter-connector run from Longis Beach to Corbletts, transporting nuclear generated power from France to the South West of England.

The people behind the scheme have offered the States between £250,000 and £500,000 per year, if they agree to the plans.

A date has not yet been set for the referendum.