The gov is organising and funding a new system of public meetings ahead of this year’s House of Keys General Election.
The intention is to ensure that all electors have an opportunity to hear from their candidates before going to the polls on Thursday 23 September.
Venues have been booked and the details are being publicised well in advance to encourage greater public attendance and to strengthen interest in the political process. Each of the island’s parishes, plus the four Douglas constituencies and the towns of Castletown, Peel and Ramsey will host a pre-election meeting.
The events, which will take place in early to mid-September and will give you the chance to quiz the people who want your vote.
People can also read election manifestos, keep up to date with election coverage in the local media (especially Gef’s election website), follow candidates on social media and ask questions when candidates call at their home.
The gov funded election meetings will take place from 7pm to 9pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm and seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis. The chairperson will invite questions from the audience and moderate the debate among the candidates.
The list of meetings is set out below and may be subject to change.
The new approach will not prevent further meetings being requested by electors via a signed petition submitted to their Captain of the Parish. Similarly, candidates can still arrange their own meetings and log any costs as an election expense.
Arbory, Castletown & Malew
Thursday 2 September – Arbory Primary School
Tuesday 7 September – Castletown Community Hall
Wednesday 15 September – Ballasalla Primary School
Ayre & Michael
Wednesday 1 September – Andreas Primary School
Tuesday 7 September – Jurby Primary School
Thursday 9 September – Ballaugh Parish Hall
Monday 13 September – Sulby Primary School
Thursday 16 September – Michael Primary School
Monday 20 September – Bride Methodist Church Hall
Tuesday 14 September – St Ninian’s High School
Tuesday 14 September – Manx Museum Lecture Theatre
Thursday 16 September – Willaston Primary School
Thursday 16 September – Anagh Coar Primary School
Thursday 2 September – Dhoon Primary School
Wednesday 8 September – Laxey Primary School
Tuesday 14 September – Onchan Primary School
Glenfaba & Peel
Monday 6 September – St John’s Primary School
Thursday 9 September – Foxdale Primary School
Wednesday 15 September – QEII High School
Wednesday 1 September – Marown Primary School
Monday 6 September – Braddan Primary School
Monday 13 September – Comis Hotel
Wednesday 8 September – Bemahague School
Thursday 9 September – Bunscoill Rhumsaa
Monday 13 September – Rushen Primary School