Synopsis of Comments to Tynwald regarding Representation

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.

Advance Votes now being taken

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:

Mark Humphrey

Returning Officer

Constituency of Rushen

The Old Courthouse

Athol Street


Isle of Man


Tel: + 44 (0)1624 651951

Fax: + 44 (0)1624 651950