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General elections were held in Guernsey on 27 April 2016 to elect the 38 members of the States to serve until 2020.[1]

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Electoral systemEdit

Following the 2012 general election, it was decided to reduce the number of seats from 45 to 38.[2] This resulted in reductions to the number of seats in most electoral districts, although the districts themselves remained unchanged.[3]

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

CampaignEdit

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.

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

Candidates and resultsEdit

A total of 81 candidates stood for the 38 seats.[6]

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.[7]

26 men and 12 women were elected as deputies. The previous assembly had just 5 women deputies.[7]

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).[7]

Castel District

  • 5 seats[3] - 4,469 voters,[5] turnout 3,262 - 73%, votes cast 13,612 [8]

Saint Peter Port North District

  • 6 seats[3] - 4,059 voters [5] turnout 2,639 - 65%, votes cast 12,258 [14]

Saint Peter Port South District (including the islands of Herm and Jethou)

  • 5 seats[3] - 3,267 voters,[5] turnout 2,068 - 63%, votes cast 7,926 [16]

St Sampson District

  • 6 seats[3] - 4,503 voters[5] turnout 3,509 - 78%, votes cast 15,221 [17]

South East District (St Martin and St Andrew)

  • 5 seats[3] - 4,605 voters,[5] turnout 3.363 - 73%, votes cast 14,242 [19]

Vale District

  • 6 seats[3] - 5,125 voters,[5] turnout 3,774 - 74% , votes cast 17,343 [20]

West District (The Forest, St Pierre du Bois, St Saviour and Torteval)

  • 5 seats[3] - 4,292 voters,[5] turnout 3,188 - 74%, votes cast 12,483 [21]

Post-election controversyEdit

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'.[22] They subsequently asked the UK government to investigate the election.[23]

By-electionEdit

Following the death of Dave Jones in July 2016, a by-election was held in the Vale district on 19 October 2016.

Nominations closed on 23 September. Candidates and results:

  • 1,724 votes cast, representing 33.59%.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Guernsey States deputies' numbers cut in new government". BBC. 9 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: Candidates". BBC. 31 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Guernsey Election 2016: Electoral districts reworked". BBC. 2 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Registration continues". 4 November 2015. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "30,000+ registered to vote". Island FM.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Election 2016: final nominations confirmed". Guernsey Press. 31 March 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Guernsey Election 2016: As it happened". BBC. 28 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: Castel Results". BBC. 28 April 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Election 2016 latest: 23 nominations in first three hours". Guernsey Press. 21 March 2016.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Election 2016: Contests already guaranteed in St Peter Port South, West and Castel". Guernsey Press. 21 March 2016.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Election 2016: evening roundup". Guernsey Press. 22 March 2016.
  12. ^ a b c d e "Election 2016: evening roundup". Guernsey press. 23 March 2016.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h "Election 2016: evening roundup". Guernsey Press. 29 March 2016.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g "Guernsey Election 2016: St Peter Port North Results". BBC News. 28 April 2016.
  15. ^ a b c d e f "Election 2016: evening roundup". Guernsey Press. 24 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: St Peter Port South Results". BBC. 28 April 2016.
  17. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: St Sampson Results". BBC. 28 April 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Election 2016: evening roundup". Guernsey Press. 30 March 2016.
  19. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: South East Results". BBC. 28 April 2016.
  20. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: Vale Results". BBC. 28 April 2016.
  21. ^ "Guernsey Election 2016: West Results". BBC. 28 April 2016.
  22. ^ "'Illegal' election complaint rejected". Guernsey Press. 27 May 2016.
  23. ^ "Defeated candidates call on UK to investigate election". Guernsey Press. 9 September 2016.
  24. ^ "Guernsey Vale by-election: Neil Inder wins". BBC. 20 October 2016.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Dave Jones died July 2016

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