2008 Jersey general election
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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.
- 1 Constable elections
- 2 Senatorial election
- 3 Deputy elections
- 3.1 St Brelade
- 3.2 St Clement
- 3.3 Grouville
- 3.4 St Helier
- 3.5 St John
- 3.6 St Lawrence
- 3.7 St Martin
- 3.8 St Mary
- 3.9 St Ouen
- 3.10 St Peter
- 3.11 St Saviour
- 3.12 Trinity
- 4 CET referendum
- 5 Voting age reduced
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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. 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.
|Invalid or blank votes||28||1.07|
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.
Deputy Deidre Mezbourian beat Chef de Police Tim Tindall.
|Invalid or blank votes||15||0.88|
Sitting Constable Ken Le Brun is standing down. Deputy Juliette Gallichan beat former Chef de Police Terry Renouf.
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Procureur du Bien Public John Refault beat Deputy Collin Egré.
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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.
Final results are as follows:
|Jersey senatorial election, 2008|
|Independent||Ian Le Marquand||14,238||12.35%|
|Independent||Paul Routier (incumbent)||8,775||7.61%|
|Independent||Philip Ozouf (incumbent)||8,712||7.55%|
|Jersey Democratic Alliance||Geoff Southern||7,194||6.24%|
|Independent||Mike Vibert (incumbent)||6,098||5.29%|
|Jersey Democratic Alliance||Trevor Pitman||4,931||4.28%|
|Independent||Cliff Le Clercq||3,597||3.12%|
|Jersey 2020||Daniel Wimberley||3,458||3.00%|
|Time4Change/Reform||Nick Le Cornu||3,074||2.67%|
|Jersey 2020||Mark Forskitt||1,922||1.67%|
|Jersey 2020||Nick Palmer||1,538||1.33%|
|Invalid or blank votes||144||0.12%|
Three sitting senators did not seek re-election:
- Wendy Kinnard
- Frank Walker
- Leonard Norman (confirmed June 2008 his intention to stand for Constable of St. Clement)
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
- Nick Le Cornu and Montfort Tadier were members of Time4Change/Reform
- Daniel Wimberley, Mark Forskitt, and Nick Palmer are members of Jersey 2020
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.
St Brelade No. 1
|Invalid or blank votes||4||0.61|
St Brelade No. 2
|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||Richard de la Haye||179||4.88|
|Independent||John Le Galle||29||0.79|
|Invalid or blank votes||15||0.41|
|Independent||Ian Gorst (incumbent)||1,112||36.30|
|Independent||Gerard Baudains (incumbent)||731||23.87|
|Invalid or blank votes||3||0.10|
Carolyn Labey won unopposed.
St Helier No. 1
Incumbents Le Claire and Martin were joined by JDA candidate Trevor Pitman, husband of Shona Pitman re-elected in neighbouring St Helier No. 2
- Nick Le Cornu 406
- Katy Ringsdore 387
- Brian Beadle 229
- Chris Whitworth 144
St Helier No. 2
All three seats taken by JDA candidates; Southern and Pitman as incumbents joined by de Sousa.
- Geoff Southern 665
- Shona Pitman 598
- 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. They have also faced calls to annul the result of the election. 
St Helier No.3/4
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.
- Suzette Hase 697
- Jacqui Huet 645
- Steve Beddoe 627
- David Beuzeval 587
- Guy de Faye 359
- Gil Blackwood 340
- Colin Russell 308
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
- Phil Rondel 678
- Patrick Ryan 396
Incumbent Le Fondré topped the poll.
- John Le Fondré 918
- Edward Noel 518
- Hugh Gill 462
- Nick Palmer 274
Incumbent Hill returned.
- Bob Hill 832
- Martin Greene 275
- Daniel Wimberley 261
- Robert David Johnson 206
- David Richardson 28
- James Reed (Unopposed)
Incumbent Egré returned.
- Colin Egré 731
- Julie Rabet 664
St Saviour No. 1
Incumbent Duhamel topped the poll, but incumbent Scott Warren was defeated. 21-year-old Maçon became the youngest States Member ever elected.
- Tony Nightingale 424
- Celia Scott Warren 388
St Saviour No. 2
Incumbent Lewis re-elected.
- Kevin Lewis 509
- Tracey Vallois 277
- Glen George 260
- Christine Papworth 198
- Cliff Le Clercq 129
St Saviour No. 3
- Roy Le Herissier (Unopposed)
- Deputy Anne Pryke (Unopposed)
|Invalid or blank votes||544||0.47|
|Registered voters and turnout||55,142||44.14|
|Source: Direct Democracy|
Voting age reduced
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.
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