Constitutional Discussions 12: Nominated Members. The
The members of the public who expressed a view on the subject were unanimously opposed to the system continuing. A majority want the Nominated Members to go. The principle objection was that it was anti-democratic. The subsidiary reason was that, with a much increased number of elected members, there is no longer any merit in the argument that the Assembly will benefit from views other than those of the elected politicians. Accordingly, at paragraph 79 of its Recommendations, the Commission urged their abolition.
Members of the Assembly disagree. They prefer to keep the Nominated Members, but without a vote and with a disqualification for persons who had failed at an election bid. The disadvantage of losing an opportunity for patronage, at the expense of the taxpayer, was not lost on the Members of the Assembly. They were all hot to keep alive this perk of office alive!