Guernsey

Alderney votes for change in General Election.

From left to right: Alex Snowdon, Mike Dent, Tony Barnes, and Louis Jean.
Image caption From left to right: Successful candidates Alex Snowdon, Mike Dean, Tony Barnes and Louis Jean.

There's been a high turnout in the polls in Alderney's General Election with people voting for change.

Only one of the current States members was re-elected in the elections on Saturday.

Thirteen candidates fought for five seats and four new faces were successful - James Dent, Alex Snowdon, Mike Dean, and Tony Barnes.

A total of 69% of people, which is a total of 943 islanders. voted in the election.

Image caption The results in Alderney's General Election.

Newcomer James Dent who works as a transport economist topped the poll with 624 votes.

The four newcomers displaced Neil Harvey, Chris Rowley and Francis Simonet, with Robert McDowall opting not to stand for re-election.

Image caption Poll topper James Dent wasn't at the declaration but arrived later to thank his supporters

Louis Jean, who has represented the island in the States of Guernsey for the last two years, was re-elected.

He said the results highlight a dissatisfaction among islanders: "The people want their government to reform.

"They want open and honest government and that's a clear message."

Returning officer and Chief Executive of the States of Alderney Victor Brownlees said he was pleased with the 69% turnout: "I think it's fair to say this is a particularly engaged election."

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