Jersey general election, 2008

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The Jersey general election, 2008 was a series of elections that were taking place in two stages in October and November 2008 in Jersey.

Constable elections[edit]

For the first time since 1948 the elections of constables for the twelve parishes of Jersey have been synchronised so that polling, where necessary, will take place on the same day as the senatorial election on 15 October 2008, in accordance with the Connétables (Jersey) Law 2008 (registered 28 March 2008).

At Assemblies of Electors held in nine parishes on 17 September 2008, constables in five parishes were returned unopposed: St Brelade, St Martin, St Ouen, Trinity and St Saviour.[1] The constables of the other parishes declined to stand down to recontest their seats, preferring to serve out their full term so that the provisions of the law will apply to the next mandate from 2011.[2]

St Clement[edit]

Sitting Constable Derek Gray did not seek re-election. Senator Leonard Norman beat Deputy Gerard Baudains and Centenier Edgar Wallis.

St Clement constable election, 2008[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Leonard Norman 1,593 60.92%
Independent Gerard Baudains 740 28.30%
Independent Edgar Wallis 254 9.71%
Invalid or blank votes 28 1.07%
Totals 2,615 100.00%
Voter turnout 48.26%

St Helier[edit]

Following his 2008 re-election, Simon Crowcroft declared that he would not stand down to fight a second election in ten months, despite speculation that he would fight a senatorial campaign with a view to becoming Chief Minister.[5]

St Lawrence[edit]

Deputy Deidre Mezbourian beat Chef de Police Tim Tindall.

St Lawrence constable election, 2008[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Deidre Mezbourain 1,300 76.61%
Independent Tim Tindall 382 22.51%
Invalid or blank votes 15 0.88%
Totals 1,697 100.00%
Voter turnout 49.87%

St Mary[edit]

Sitting Constable Ken Le Brun is standing down.[6] Deputy Juliette Gallichan beat former Chef de Police Terry Renouf.

St Mary constable election, 2008[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Juliette Gallichan 404 66.45%
Independent Terry Renouf 204 33.55%
Invalid or blank votes 0 0.00%
Totals 608 100.00%
Voter turnout 54.63%

St Peter[edit]

Procureur du Bien Public John Refault beat Deputy Collin Egré.

St Peter constable election, 2008[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent John Refault 975 57.35%
Independent Collin Egré 725 42.65%
Invalid or blank votes 0 0.00%
Totals 1,700 100.00%
Voter turnout 52.39%

Senatorial election[edit]

The senatorial election took place on 15 October 2008. The election was island-wide and there were six seats available. At the Assembly of Electors held in Saint Helier on 16 September 2008, 21 candidates were nominated.[7]

Final results are as follows:

Rosette worn by a Le Marquand supporter


Jersey senatorial election, 2008[4][8]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Independent Ian Le Marquand 14,238 12.35%
Independent Alan Breckon 10,273 8.91%
Independent Alan Maclean 9,094 7.89%
Independent Paul Routier (incumbent) 8,775 7.61%
Independent Philip Ozouf (incumbent) 8,712 7.55%
Independent Sarah Ferguson 8,576 7.45%
Jersey Democratic Alliance Geoff Southern 7,194 6.24%
Independent Mike Higgins 6,979 6.05%
Independent Mike Vibert (incumbent) 6,098 5.29%
Time4Change/Reform Montfort Tadier 5,011 4.34%
Jersey Democratic Alliance Trevor Pitman 4,931 4.28%
Independent Peter Troy 3,927 3.40%
Independent Cliff Le Clercq 3,597 3.12%
Jersey 2020 Daniel Wimberley 3,458 3.00%
Independent Jeremy Maçon 3,130 2.71%
Time4Change/Reform Nick Le Cornu 3,074 2.67%
Independent Chris Perkins 2,768 2.40%
Jersey 2020 Mark Forskitt 1,922 1.67%
Jersey 2020 Nick Palmer 1,538 1.33%
Independent Adrian Walsh 1,210 1.05%
Independent Mick Pashley 682 0.59%
Invalid or blank votes 144 0.12%
Voter turnout 44.13%

Candidates[edit]

Three sitting senators did not seek re-election:

The following candidates were sitting senators seeking re-election:

The following candidates were sitting deputies seeking who ran in the senatorial election:

  • Alan Breckon
  • Sarah Ferguson
  • Alan Maclean
  • Peter Troy
  • Geoff Southern

Candidates declared the following political affiliations:

  • Deputy Geoff Southern and Trevor Pitman were candidates of the Jersey Democratic Alliance[10]
  • Nick Le Cornu and Montfort Tadier were members of Time4Change/Reform[11]
  • Daniel Wimberley, Mark Forskitt, and Nick Palmer are members of Jersey 2020[11]

Deputy elections[edit]

The election for deputies took place on 26 November 2008. Twelve new deputies were elected, five sitting deputies lost their seats and four were reelected without opposition.[12]

St Brelade[edit]

St Brelade No. 1[edit]

St Brelade deputy No. 1 election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Angela Jeune 370 56.75%
Independent Mark Sutton 192 29.44%
Independent Alan Beadle 86 13.19%
Invalid or blank votes 4 0.61%
Totals 652 100.00%
Voter turnout 27.5%

St Brelade No. 2[edit]

St Brelade deputy No. 2 election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Sean Power 1,068 29.12%
style="background-color: Template:Time4Change (politician)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Time4Change (politician)|Template:Time4Change (politician)/meta/shortname]] Montfort Tadier 758 20.67%
Independent Mervyn Le Masurier 462 12.60%
Independent Jeff Hathaway 420 11.45%
Independent Graham Truscott 411 11.21%
Independent Martha Bernstein 326 8.89%
Independent Richard de la Haye 179 4.88%
Independent John Le Galle 29 0.79%
Invalid or blank votes 15 0.41%
Totals 3,668 100.00%
Voter turnout 40.52%

St Clement[edit]

St Clement deputy election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Ian Gorst (incumbent) 1,112 36.30%
Independent Anne Dupré 868 28.34%
Independent Gerard Baudains (incumbent) 731 23.87%
Independent Jeremy Strickland 303 9.89%
Independent Philip Maguire 46 1.50%
Invalid or blank votes 3 0.10%
Totals 3,063 100.00%
Voter turnout 30.9%

Grouville[edit]

Carolyn Labey won unopposed.

St Helier[edit]

St Helier No. 1[edit]

Incumbents Le Claire and Martin were joined by JDA candidate Trevor Pitman, husband of Shona Pitman re-elected in neighbouring St Helier No. 2

  1. Paul Le Claire 634
  2. Judy Martin 601
  3. Trevor Pitman 487
  • Nick Le Cornu 406
  • Katy Ringsdore 387
  • Brian Beadle 229
  • Chris Whitworth 144

St Helier No. 2[edit]

All three seats taken by JDA candidates; Southern and Pitman as incumbents joined by de Sousa.

  1. Geoff Southern 665
  2. Shona Pitman 598
  3. Debbie de Sousa 444
  • Rod Bryans 412
  • Sue Stoker 301
  • Adrian Walsh 228
  • Giffard Aubin 100

On 20 February 2009 Geoff Southern and Shona Pitman pleaded guilty in the Magistrate's Court to charges of contravening the Public Elections Law with respect to irregularities in postal voting procedure, and were referred to the Royal Court for sentencing.[13] They have also faced calls to annul the result of the election. [14]

St Helier No.3/4[edit]

A recount to decide fourth place meant that incumbent Fox retained his seat by one vote. Incumbent Hilton topped the poll, but incumbent Huet lost her seat and incumbent de Faye, outgoing Minister for Transport and Technical services, was heavily defeated.

  1. Jackie Hilton 1259
  2. Mike Higgins 1193
  3. Andrew Green 1057
  4. Ben Fox 698
  • Suzette Hase 697
  • Jacqui Huet 645
  • Steve Beddoe 627
  • David Beuzeval 587
  • Guy de Faye 359
  • Gil Blackwood 340
  • Colin Russell 308

St John[edit]

Ryan, an incumbent in St Helier No. 1, stood in his parish of residence but was defeated by Rondel who had been Deputy for St John before standing down in 2005

  1. Phil Rondel 678
  • Patrick Ryan 396

St Lawrence[edit]

Incumbent Le Fondré topped the poll.

  1. John Le Fondré 918
  2. Edward Noel 518
  • Hugh Gill 462
  • Nick Palmer 274

St Martin[edit]

Incumbent Hill returned.

  1. Bob Hill 832
  • Martin Greene 275

St Mary[edit]

  1. Daniel Wimberley 261
  • Robert David Johnson 206
  • David Richardson 28

St Ouen[edit]

  1. James Reed (Unopposed)

St Peter[edit]

Incumbent Egré returned.

  1. Colin Egré 731
  • Julie Rabet 664

St Saviour[edit]

St Saviour No. 1[edit]

Incumbent Duhamel topped the poll, but incumbent Scott Warren was defeated. 21-year-old Maçon became the youngest States Member ever elected.

  1. Rob Duhamel 569
  2. Jeremy Maçon 448
  • Tony Nightingale 424
  • Celia Scott Warren 388

St Saviour No. 2[edit]

Incumbent Lewis re-elected.

  1. Kevin Lewis 509
  2. Tracey Vallois 277
  • Glen George 260
  • Christine Papworth 198
  • Cliff Le Clercq 129

St Saviour No. 3[edit]

  1. Roy Le Herissier (Unopposed)

Trinity[edit]

  1. Deputy Anne Pryke (Unopposed)

CET referendum[edit]

A referendum on the question "Do you think that Jersey should adopt Central European Time?" was put to voters on 15 October.[15][16] The final results appear below.[4][11][17]

Jersey CET referendum, 2008
Choice Votes  %
Referendum failed No 17,230 72.07%
Yes 6,564 27.46%
Invalid or blank votes 113 0.47%
Total votes 23,907 100.00%

Voting age reduced[edit]

The 2008 general election is the first in which 16- and 17-year-old voters will take part, following a law to reduce voting age to 16. The law was brought into force on 12 March 2008 and became effective on 1 April 2008.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elections for four Constables’ seats". Jersey Evening Post. 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  2. ^ "Parish constables are nominated". BBC News. 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Jersey Elections 2008: Constables". Jerseyelections.info. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Election 2008". Jersey Evening Post. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  5. ^ Quérée, Ben (2008-08-15). "‘I won’t be Chief Minister’". Jersey Evening Post. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  6. ^ Quérée, Ben (2008-07-24). "Gallichan looks for St Mary promotion". Jersey Evening Post. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  7. ^ Morrison, Ryan (2008-10-03). "21 stand for Senator". BBC News. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  8. ^ "Jersey Elections 2008: Senators". Jerseyelections.info. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  9. ^ "First constable candidate named". BBC News. 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  10. ^ Quérée, Ben (2008-09-15). "Senatorial candidates to stand under JDA banner". Jersey Evening Post. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  11. ^ a b c "Election Night Live". BBC News. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  12. ^ "Twelve new Deputies". Jersey Evening Post. 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  13. ^ "Deputies admit election charges". BBC News. 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  14. ^ http://www.thisisjersey.com/2009/02/07/poll-result-can-no-longer-count/
  15. ^ James, Perchard (2008-04-21). "Central European Time: Referendum". States of Jersey. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  16. ^ Morrison, Ryan (2008-06-18). "A referendum on time". BBC News. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  17. ^ "Jersey Elections 2008: CET Referendum". Jerseyelections.info. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  18. ^ "16-year-olds able to vote this year". Jersey Evening Post. 2008-03-13. 

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