Recounts for the Vale and St Peter Port North

Two recounts have been called in the wake of yesterday's election, with candidates in the Vale and St Peter Port North asking for the poll to be looked at again.

James Symons

Two recounts have been called in the wake of yesterday's election, with candidates in the Vale and St Peter Port North asking for the poll to be looked at again.

The Vale recount was requested by James Symons, pictured, who polled 1,234 votes on Wednesday night.

He finished in eighth position, 42 votes behind successful candidate Garry Collins.

In St Peter Port North, Rhod Matthews was only three votes behind Lester Queripel and so has requested a recount for that district.

Both recounts will take place at 2pm on Friday in the Dorey Room at St James.

Candidates from the respective districts may attend.

The results will be announced by the posting of notices in the Grand Hall of the Royal Court.

  • On Wednesday night it was three hours and 18 minutes before the Vale declared its result, with St Peter Port North the last district to declare, having taken five hours and 26 minutes to count the votes.

Comments for: "Recounts for the Vale and St Peter Port North"

Neil

Rhoderrick Matthews would be daft not to request a recount. His differential between in/out was 3 votes.

Paul Le Page

Agreed Neil. In the interests of democracy I think a recount for a predetermined small gap (e.g. under 20 votes) should be mandatory.

I'm also in favour of investigating an electronic voting system which would render recounts unnecessary - and also deliver results within minutes of polls closing. Obviously security and reliability would have to be factored in but surely it's worth looking into?

Ray

Paul

We could borrow the American'chad' system which managed to get George Bush elected for a second term

Paul Le Page

hmmmm....

....on second thoughts scrub that suggestion! ;-)

Toby

In the end Dubya got elected by having the recounts stopped - on the grounds that a recount could be predujudicial to his declared victory !

Compton

I though SPPN did several recounts, if they took that long to declare.

Ed

Maybe SPPN should ask one of the other parish officials to show them how to do it properly...

kat

Not good to see the ones who gave their time up to do the count have taken a slagging off again.

If anyone whould like to help next time please feel free to put your name forwards to help here

There were not as many counters for both of the St PP counts as in other districts .

this is why it took so long.and it was checked over by three different people to make sure it was correct .

the waiting game is part of the election and adds to the excitement [or disappointment ]

You would have also noted that the recount took longer! and they did to have to go though all the proceeder that the first count had to do

the bundles were already sorted and counted into the correct bundles so they should have declared after 2 hours at tops .

So next time we have an election I hope those who sit and criticise will also be counting the votes then it might be faster .

But a big thank you to all those who gave up 6plus hours to do this for the island.