2016 Guernsey general election

2016 Guernsey general election

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38 of the 40 seats in the States of Guernsey
Registered30,320
Turnout71.91% (Increase~0.5pp)[1]
  First party
 
Party Independents
Seats won 38
Popular vote 93,085
Percentage 100%

Chief Minister before election

Jonathan Le Tocq

President of the Policy and Resources Committee after election

Gavin St Pier

The 2016 Guernsey general election was held on 27 April 2016 to elect 38 members of the States of Guernsey who will serve until 2020.[2]

There was a by-election in October 2016 to fill a vacancy in the district of Vale.

Electoral system

Following the 2012 general election, it was decided to reduce the number of seats from 45 to 38.[3] This resulted in reductions to the number of seats in most electoral districts, although the districts themselves remained unchanged.[4]

A new electoral roll was drawn up, with 22,408 people registered to vote by 4 November 2015.[5] The total passed 25,000 by 7 January 2016 and rose to 27,000 on 15 February, before reaching 30,320 when registration closed,[6] higher than the 29,745 who registered for the 2012 elections.

Campaign

Prospective candidates started to register by filing their nominations at the Bailiff's Chambers on 21 March and had until 31 March 2016 to file nomination forms. There are no political parties; all candidates stood as non-partisans. Candidates could apply for a grant of up to £600 for the production and distribution of manifestos. A total of 81 candidates stood for the 38 seats.[7]

Hustings meetings took place at a number of locations on various dates in April.

Results

20 deputies kept their seats, 4 former deputies were re-elected and 14 new deputies were elected. 10 deputies, including 4 ministers, lost their seats.[1]

26 men and 12 women were elected as deputies. The previous assembly had just 5 women deputies.[1]

21,803 voted (up from 20,459), representing 71.9% (up from 71.4%) of those who had registered to vote; 93,085 votes were cast (down from 95,612) due to fewer seats.[1]

Castel

Castel district[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Richard Graham 2,321 71.2%
Independent Chris Green (incumbent) 1,868 57.3%
Independent Barry Paint (incumbent) 1,720 52.7%
Independent Mark Dorey (incumbent) 1,495 45.8%
Independent Jonathan Le Tocq (incumbent) 1,342 41.1%
Independent Darren Duquemin (incumbent) 1,025 31.4%
Independent Ross Le Brun 834 25.6%
Independent Sandra James 827 25.4%
Independent Hunter Adam 719 22.0%
Independent Leon Gallienne 619 19.0%
Independent Neil Shepherd 601 18.4%
Independent Russell Le Conte 241 7.4%
Total valid votes 13,612
Rejected ballots 15
Turnout 3,262 73%
Registered electors 4,469[9]

South East

South East district[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Heidi Soulsby (incumbent) 1,925 57.2%
Independent Lindsay De Sausmarez 1,808 53.8%
Independent Peter Roffey 1,727 51.4%
Independent Rob Prow 1,531 45.5%
Independent Victoria Oliver 1,261 37.5%
Independent Mike O'Hara (incumbent) 1,141 33.9%
Independent Robert Sillars (incumbent) 953 28.3%
Independent Robin Le Prevost 889 26.4%
Independent Mike Hadley (incumbent) 799 23.8%
Independent Greg Archer 755 22.5%
Independent Stephen Prout 722 21.5%
Independent John Titmuss 515 15.3%
Independent Brian Breban 216 6.4%
Total valid votes 14,242
Rejected ballots 20
Turnout 3,363 73%
Registered electors 4,605[9]

St Peter Port North

St Peter Port North district[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent John Gollop (incumbent) 1,472 55.8%
Independent Charles Parkinson (incumbent) 1,379 52.3%
Independent Lester Queripel (incumbent) 1,199 45.4%
Independent Michelle Le Clerc (incumbent) 1,147 43.5%
Independent Marc Leadbeater 855 32.4%
Independent Joe Mooney 799 30.3%
Independent Caroline McManus 765 29.0%
Independent Timothy Bush 716 27.1%
Independent Rhoderick Matthews 704 26.7%
Independent Lucia Pagliarone 703 26.6%
Independent Ivan Rihoy 698 26.4%
Independent Michael Henderson 656 24.9%
Independent Rob Harnish 605 22.9%
Independent Lilita Kruze 560 21.2%
Total valid votes 12,258
Rejected ballots 4
Turnout 2,639 65%
Registered electors 4,059[9]

St Peter Port South

St Peter Port South district[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Peter Ferbrache 1,314 63.5%
Independent Jan Kuttelwascher (incumbent) 1,109 53.6%
Independent Dawn Tindall 853 41.2%
Independent Barry Brehaut (incumbent) 839 40.6%
Independent Rhian Tooley 839 40.6%
Independent John Halker 706 34.1%
Independent Neil Forman 617 29.8%
Independent Mike Garrett 600 29.0%
Independent Bernard Flouquet 598 28.9%
Independent Ray Marshall 451 21.8%
Total valid votes 7,926
Rejected ballots 9
Turnout 2,068 63%
Registered electors 3,267[9]

St Sampson

St Sampson district[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Lyndon Trott (incumbent) 2,014 57.4%
Independent Paul Le Pelley (incumbent) 1,875 53.4%
Independent Jennifer Merrett 1,664 47.4%
Independent Gavin St Pier (incumbent) 1,543 44.0%
Independent Jane Stephens 1,400 39.9%
Independent Carl Meerveld 1,377 39.2%
Independent Martyn Roussel 1,167 33.3%
Independent Sam Maindonald 1,088 31.0%
Independent Kevin Stewart (incumbent) 927 26.4%
Independent Karen Solway 843 24.0%
Independent Michael Beaumont 795 22.7%
Independent Tony Webber 528 15.0%
Total valid votes 15,221
Rejected ballots 12
Turnout 3,509 78%
Registered electors 4,503[9]

Vale

Vale district[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Matt Fallaize (incumbent) 2,758 73.1%
Independent Dave Jones (incumbent) 2,511 66.5%
Independent Mary Lowe (incumbent) 2,507 66.4%
Independent Laurie Queripel (incumbent) 2,150 57.0%
Independent Jeremy Smithies 1,684 44.6%
Independent Sarah Hansmann Rouxel 1,653 43.8%
Independent Garry Collins (incumbent) 1,362 36.1%
Independent Neil Inder 1,332 35.3%
Independent Simon De La Mare 685 18.2%
Independent Trevor Hockey 615 16.3%
Independent William Newman 86 2.3%
Total valid votes 17,343
Rejected ballots 15
Turnout 3,774 74%
Registered electors 5,125[9]

West

West district[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Al Brouard (incumbent) 2,104 66.0%
Independent Andrea Dudley-Owen 1,940 60.9%
Independent Emilie Yerby 1,680 52.7%
Independent David de Lisle (incumbent) 1,550 48.6%
Independent Shane Langlois 1,214 38.1%
Independent Rick Lowe 1,188 37.3%
Independent Arrun Wilkie (incumbent) 1,157 36.3%
Independent Yvonne Burford (incumbent) 1,033 32.4%
Independent Martin Petit 617 19.4%
Total valid votes 12,483
Rejected ballots 11
Turnout 3,188 74%
Registered electors 4,292[9]

Post-election controversy

Six male candidates who had failed to be elected filed a letter of complaint, alleging that the election was illegal as the States of Guernsey had provided funding to encourage more women to stand for election and to provide them with assistance by running a course. The complaint was rejected on the basis that the funds had been provided and spent before any candidates had put their names forward for the election, therefore they did not assist any 'candidates'.[16] They subsequently asked the UK government to investigate the election.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Guernsey Election 2016: As it happened". BBC News. 27 April 2016. Archived from the original on 3 September 2020. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Guernsey States deputies' numbers cut in new government". BBC. 9 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: Candidates". BBC. 31 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: Electoral districts reworked". BBC. 2 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Registration continues". 4 November 2015. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  6. ^ "30,000+ registered to vote". Island FM. Archived from the original on 10 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Election 2016: final nominations confirmed". Guernsey Press. 31 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: Castel Results". BBC News. 27 April 2016. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "30,000+ Registered To Vote". Island FM. 1 March 2016. Archived from the original on 18 February 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: South East Results". BBC News. 27 April 2016. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: St Peter Port North Results". BBC News. 28 April 2016. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: St Peter Port South Results". BBC News. 27 April 2016. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: St Sampson Results". BBC News. 27 April 2016. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: Vale Results". BBC News. 27 April 2016. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  15. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: West Results". BBC News. 27 April 2016. Archived from the original on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  16. ^ "'Illegal' election complaint rejected". Guernsey Press. 27 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Defeated candidates call on UK to investigate election". Guernsey Press. 9 September 2016.

External links

  • Election 2016
  • Information for prospective candidates
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