Jersey nomination date set for by-election

Deputy Trevor Pitman
Image caption Trevor Pitman has been a deputy since 2008

People wanting to stand as a candidate in the St Helier by-elections have until 4 February to declare.

Elections will be held on 5 March for the two seats in St Helier number one and two districts.

Married deputies Trevor and Shona Pitman lost their seats after being declared bankrupt in the Royal Court on 3 January.

The successful candidates will sit in the States until the general election on 15 October.

A spokeswoman for the Judicial Greffe, who organise the elections, said they would be opening for pre-poll voting on the Saturday before the election.

They normally open for pre-poll voting the week before, but this is the first time they have opened on the Saturday.

She said people would also be able to apply for a postal vote from next week and officials would visit people in their homes to collect votes if they could not get out.

Libel appeal

The nominations meeting for both seats will be held in the St Helier town hall on 4 February.

Anyone standing for the office of deputy has to have their nomination paper signed by 10 registered voters, be a British citizen over the age of 18 and have lived in the island for at least two years.

Mr and Mrs Pitman were declared bankrupt after an application was made by Broadland's Estate Agent.

Mrs Pitman has been a member of the States for St Helier number 2 since 2005 and Mr Pitman was first elected to represent St Helier 1 in 2008.

In December, Mr and Mrs Pitman were denied more time to appeal against a libel ruling.

They had already tried unsuccessfully to sue the Jersey Evening Post and the estate agent over a cartoon.

The St Helier politicians were ordered to pay all legal costs relating to the appeal.

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