Guernsey votes for change

First-time candidate Heidi Soulsby hugs husband Phil after topping the South-East poll. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 1241258)

ISLANDERS voted 22 new faces into the States yesterday and in the process ousted 12 sitting deputies. Deputy chief minister and Public Services minister Bernard Flouquet, who polled just 778 votes in losing his seat in the Castel, was the highest profile casualty in a night that saw the highest turnaround yet under the system of government introduced in 2004. Turnouts were up on 2008 – with an average of 70.8% across the districts.

The island votes.... for change

Guernsey has voted for change, with a dozen sitting States members losing their seats on a night that newcomers topped the poll in five of the seven districts. Among the highest-profile casualties were deputy chief minister Bernard Flouquet and Father of the House Ivan Rihoy. This page contains links to the results from each district.

Plan in place for any late queue at polls

CONTINGENCY plans are in place to make sure islanders do not lose their right to vote if polling stations are too busy for them to reach the ballot box in time, an election official has said.

Students put candidates on the spot

James Ogier, second left, Tor Ritchie and Jack Hollands were among the CFE students who tackled prospective deputies on what they considered to be the important issues. (Picture by Luke Richardson, 1236468)

HOW politicians interact with young people, keeping beaches clean and dealing with overcrowded schools were issues raised as College of Further Education students probed election candidates yesterday.

Vale voters split on hustings

HOLDING Vale's hustings in another parish would be better than cramming residents into its overcrowded douzaine room, some parishioners have said.

Regrets – we have a few

Deputy Tom Le Pelley, left, said government reforms should have been more ambitious, Deputy Jack Honeybill, centre, failed in his bid to get the States to borrow by government bond, while Deputy Graham Guille regrets not getting the reciprocal health agreement reinstated, legal aid reviewed and help for Fred in the shed businesses.

CHANGING the system of government in 2004 resulted in heavy reports and delays as politicians waited for more information before making decisions, an outgoing deputy has said.