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Politicians to read statements out in court

A hearing is due to be held in Jersey today to find out whether an error made by the Town Hall during the elections was a technical mistake or if it is serious enough to call for a new election.

All the six candidates who ran in St Helier Number One will be expected to make statements as well as the Constable of St Helier, Simon Crowcroft and the Attorney General.

The Royal Court will also set a date for the next hearing.

Senator Ian Gorst due to reveal choices for Cabinet of Ministers

Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst will reveal his preferred choices for ministerial jobs today, ahead of States vote on Thursday.

The positions aren't up to him, however and will need to be passed by vote in the States Chamber on Thursday.

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Two candidates claim election results were 'manipulated'

There could be a complete re-run of the election in St Helier's No 1 district over what two losing candidates are calling "irregularities and manipulations".

It follows the revelation that the paperwork of one of the winners, Scott Wickenden, wasn't properly completed.

Today Deputy Nick Le Cornu, who's set to leave the States on Monday when the island's election victors are sworn in, and fellow candidate Gino Risoli, presented their case to the Royal Court.

They used the occasion to flag up wider concerns about the whole General Election, comparing them to anomalies you would expect to find in Russia or Ukraine.

In a joint statement released by Deputy Le Cornu and Mr Risoli they said, “Of particular concern to us is that Scott Wickenden was allowed to stand as a candidate and end up being elected a Deputy in District No.1, when his nomination form was defective by virtue of not having 9 seconders, all capable of voting for him in that election.

It is inconceivable that the checking process by the Parish of St Helier failed to spot this most fundamental of errors, that one of his seconders was registered in District No.2.

Checking is supposed to occur before the nomination meeting, on the night and double checked subsequently. This is gross negligence by Scott Wickenden and on the part of the Constable and Parish of St Helier.

– Statement by Deputy Le Cornu and Mr Gino Risoli

Challenge to Jersey's General Election

Two men, who failed to win seats in Jersey's government are challenging the General Election - saying it's been marred by 'high levels of electoral irregularities and manipulations'.

Deputy Nick Le Cornu and Gino Risoli both failed to get enough votes in St Helier District 1 on October 15th and will today ask the Royal Court to declare it void and call a new election.

It's been claimed that one of ten signatories on Deputy-elect Scott Wickenden's nomination paper lives in St Helier District No.2, not District No.1 where he was elected.

Deputy-elect Scott Wickenden on the left

In a statement, sent to the media this morning, Deputy Le Cornu said he was fulfilling his mandate as Deputy by challenging the way things have been done in the past.

“Of particular concern to us is that Scott Wickenden was allowed to stand as a candidate and end up being elected a Deputy in District No.1, when his nomination form was defective by virtue of not having 9 seconders, all capable of voting for him in that election. It is inconceivable that the checking process by the Parish of St Helier failed to spot this most fundamental of errors, that one of his seconders was registered in District No.2. Checking is supposed to occur before the nomination meeting, on the night and double checked subsequently. This is gross negligence by Scott Wickenden and on the part of the Constable and Parish of St Helier. “The onus is entirely on the candidate to present a valid nomination form at the Nomination Meeting. The absence of 9 seconders on the nomination form invalided the candidate and his election. The candidate only has himself to blame if he cannot understand the fundamental requirements of the election law. These are spelled out in the instructions attached to every nomination paper obtained from a Parish hall. "Election disputes are inherent to elections. Challenging an election, its conduct or its results, should however not be perceived as a reflection of weakness, but proof of the strength, vitality and openness of the political system. The right to vote would be merely abstract if the right to sue to enforce it was not guaranteed in law.”

– Deputy Nick Le Cornu

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Recount results: Senator Ferguson failed to secure a seat

Outgoing Senator Sarah Ferguson has failed to secure a seat in Jersey's new government despite a recount.

There were a few marginal changes after the recount, but not enough for her to beat Senator Philip Ozouf to the 8th senatorial seat.

Originally in the election, Sarah Ferguson had 9,800 votes. In the recount, she has 9,809.

Philip Ozouf had 10,062. After the recount, he has 10,080 - a difference of 12 votes, increasing the gap between himself and Ferguson and securing his position as Senator for another term in the states.

Election recount takes place today

More than one hundred people in Jersey are conducting a re-count of the islandwide Senatorial votes today.

It is since Senator Sarah Ferguson contested the result which saw her lose her job in the States.

There were just 262 votes between her and Treasury Minister Philip Ozouf who came 8th in the poll.

The recount is taking place in the St Helier Town Hall from 9.30am.

Election recount to take place this weekend

The recount of the Senatorial votes from last week's General Election will take place this Saturday.

It was requested by Senator Sarah Ferguson who lost her seat in government by 262 votes.

Ozouf responds to Senatorial recount

Jersey's Treasury Minister has responded to calls for an election recount by praising the work of Jurats and Parish Officials.

"Whilst I had previously call for Independent Election Observers to oversee the whole election process, the counting process the Jurats and Parish Officials oversee in my experience is excellent. I hope their careful diligent work is put beyond doubt in any recount."

– Senator Philip Ozouf
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