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Summary

  1. Reaction, results and news from the Guernsey Election 2016 on 27 April

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Look back on coverage of the 2016 Guernsey election

Thanks for joining us for our coverage - just a reminder of the headlines:

- Four ministers have lost their seats, along with six other sitting deputies

- The number of women in the States has more than doubled

- 14 first-time candidates and four former deputies will join 20 current deputies in the new assembly - to be sworn in on Saturday

Number of women in the States more than doubles

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Pie chart
BBC

Although two of the five women in the current assembly lost their seats the number of women in the next house will be more than double its current level.

One former deputy - Jane Stephens - and eight female first-time candidates will be sworn in on Saturday when the current deputies will renew their oath of office.

Number of voters rises

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

More people voted in 2016 than in 2012 with the number of voters up from 20,459 to 21,803 - a change of 71.4% of those registered to 71.9%.

Ballot box
BBC

However, the total votes cast fell as there were fewer seats, a drop in the number of deputies from 45 to 38.

The votes went from 95,612 to 93,085, however, the average number of votes used by each voter rose from 4.6 to 4.8.

Still up? How about some election trivia...

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

- Castel is the only district not to elect a woman

- St Peter Port North and South were the only districts to return all their current deputies standing for re-election

- South East has elected more females than males: 3:2

Election poster
BBC

- Richard Graham is the only first-time candidate to top a poll

- Deputy-elect Graham was also one of only four candidates to poll more than 2,000 votes - the others being Matt Fallaize, Al Brouard and Lyndon Trott 

- The one thing you probably could be sure of predicting was St Peter Port North being the last district to declare - this time at 01:04. The district continuing its run of being last since 2004.

South East yields most newcomers

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

The South East yielded the most newcomers across the island, with voters electing three first-time candidates.

Lindsay de Sausmarez
BBC

Lindsay de Sausmarez, Rob Prow and Victoria Oliver were all elected in the five-seat district, which also took the title for the most female candidates at three.

Ms de Sausmarez is currently a media producer for Specsavers, Mr Prow was previously the head of the Guernsey Border Agency and Ms Oliver is a qualified surveyor.

Thirteenth newcomers join the States

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

There will be 14 newcomers joining the States after tonight's election.

Deputy-elect Richard Graham topped the polls in Castel, the only newcomer to do so.  

Richard Graham
BBC

The other twelve were Lindsay de Sausmarez, Victoria Oliver, Rob Prow, Dawn Tindall, Rhian Tooley, Joe Mooney, Marc Leadbeater, Jennifer Merrett, Carl Meerveld, Sarah Hansmann Rouxel, Jeremy Smithies, Andrea Dudley-Owen and Emilie Yerby.

Only Deputy-elect Smithies had previously stood for the States - he was unsuccessful in getting a seat in St Peter Port in 1976.

Only two of seven make political comeback

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Only two of the candidates hoping to make a political comeback after losing their seats in 2012 have secured a place back in the States.

Jane Stephens
BBC

Jane Stephens in St Sampson and Shane Langlois in the West have successfully returned to government. They were both elected in 2008, but lost their seats in 2012.

Former Deputy Chief Minister Bernard Flouquet, Michael Garrett, Rhoderick Matthews, Leon Gallienne and Ivan Rihoy failed to get elected for a second time running.

Two Ministers fall in South East

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Education Minister Deputy Robert Sillars and Culture and Leisure Minister Mike O'Hara have both been defeated in the South East.

Robert Sillars
BBC

They received 953 and 1,141 votes respectively.

That brings the number of fallen ministers to four, the others being Environment Minister Yvonne Burford and Commerce and Employment Minister Kevin Stewart.

Former chief minister sweeps to top of polls in St Sampson

Former Chief Minister Deputy Lyndon Trott has swept to the top of the polls in St Sampson, securing 2,014 votes.

Lyndon Trott
BBC

In the 2012 election he narrowly scraped in with 1370 votes, but this time he soared past Deputy Gavin St Pier, who fell from poll to fourth.

This next term will be Deputy Trott's fifth consecutive term in the States.

Commerce Minister Kevin Stewart out

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

The Commerce and Employment Minister, Kevin Stewart, has lost his seat in St Sampson.

Kevin Stewart
BBC

Deputy Stewart polled 927 votes - he came second in the 2012 election.  

Poll topper Lyndon Trott, a former chief minister and treasury minister, retained his seat with 2014 votes.

Results for St Peter Port North

Results are in for St Peter Port North, the following candidates have been elected:

- John Gollop

- Charles Parkinson

- Lester Queripel

- Michelle Le Clerc

- Marc Leadbeater

- Joe Mooney

Click here for the full results for St Peter Port North

Results in for South East

Results are in for the South East, the following candidates have been elected:

- Heidi Soulsby

- Lindsay De Sausmarez

- Peter Roffey

- Rob Prow

- Victoria Oliver

Click here for the full results for South East

Peter Ferbrache tops polls in St Peter Port South

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Deputy-elect Peter Ferbrache has topped the polls in St Peter Port South with 1,314 votes.

St Peter Port South
BBC

Mr Ferbrache, who is a lawyer by trade, says he owes Guernsey a great deal and hopes to repay some of that debt.

The former States member served between 1994 and 2000, and says he also wants to see an end to wasteful spending and excessive beaucracy.

Results for St Sampson

Results in for St Sampson - the following candidates have been elected:

- Lyndon Trott

- Paul Le Pelley

- Jennifer Merrett

- Gavin St Pier

- Jane Stephens

- Carl Meerveld

Click here for the full results for St Sampson

More women in the next States

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Three districts are yet to declare but it is already clear that there will be more women in the next States than in the current government.

Six women have been elected so far - Mary Lowe (sitting) and Sarah Hansmann Rouxel in the Vale, Andrea Dudley-Owen and Emilie Yerby in the West, and Dawn Tindall and Rhian Tooley in St Peter Port South.

Royal Court building
BBC

There are five women deputies in the current States.

This increase is despite the number of deputies being cut from 45 to 38.

Castel poll topper is focused on education

BBC Radio Guernsey

Deputy-elect Richard Graham says the education debate in Guernsey needs resolving as soon as possible.

Mr Graham has topped the polls in the Castel with 2,321 votes.

Richard Graham
BBC

However, he said he would rather be "a strong voice in the States" than influence decisions on education at committee level.

Vale deputy-elect Sarah Hansmann Rouxel: 'I'm shocked'

BBC Radio Guernsey

New Vale deputy-elect, Sarah Hansmann Rouxel, has told BBC Radio Guernsey she is "shocked and incredibly happy" to have been elected to the States.

Sarah Hansmann Rouxel
BBC

 "I knew there was a lot of competition", she told our reporter.

"There's so much to learn and I love learning."

Results for St Peter Port South

Results in for St Peter Port South - the following candidates have been elected for St Peter Port South:

- Peter Ferbrache

- Jan Kuttelwascher

- Dawn Tindall

- Barry Brehaut

- Rhian Tooley

Click here for the full results for St Peter Port South

Deputy Dave Jones: "There are a lot of angry people out there"

BBC Radio Guernsey

Housing Minister Dave Jones has told BBC Radio Guernsey voters are fed up with the current States.

"There are a lot of angry people out there", said Deputy Jones, who is vying to keep his seat in the Vale.

Deputy Dave Jones
BBC

"We've lost the trust of the people - we'll have to work hard to get that back."

Deputy Jones was re-elected with 2,511 votes.

Environment Minister Yvonne Burford loses seat

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Environment Minister Yvonne Burford has lost her seat in the West, after receiving only 1,033 votes.

Yvonne Burford
BBC

Deputy Arrun Wilkie, who came third in the polls when he was first elected in 2012, also lost his seat.

Voters in the West elected Al Brouard, Andrea Dudley-Owen, Emilie Yerby, David de Lisle and Shane Langlois.

Two new faces in the Vale

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Sarah Hansmann Rouxel and Jeremy Smithies have been elected to the next States of Guernsey.

Sitting deputy, Garry Collins, who polled 7th in the 2012 election has lost his seat.

The remaining four sitting candidates: Matt Fallaize (poll topper for the 3rd time), Dave Jones, Mary Lowe and Laurie Queripel retain their seats.

Click here for full results for the Vale district

West results declared

Results in for the West district - the following candidates have been elected

- Al Brouard 

- Andrea Dudley-Owen  

- Emilie Yerby

- David de Lisle

- Shane Langlois

Click here for full results for the West district

Three deputies lose their seats in Castel

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Sandra James, Darren Duquemin and Hunter Adam have all lost their seats in the States after they failed to gain re-election in the Castel.

First-time candidate Richard Graham topped the polls with 2,321 vote, while sitting deputies Chris Green, Barry Paint, Mark Dorey and Jonathan Le Tocq were also elected.

The district is the first to declare in today's election.

Click here for full results for the Castel district

Vale results declared

Results in for the Vale district - the following candidates have been elected:

- Matt Fallaize

- Dave Jones

- Mary Lowe

- Laurie Queripel

- Jeremy Smithies

- Sarah Hansmann Rouxel

Click here for full results for the Vale district

Castel results declared

Results in for the Castel district - the following candidates have been elected:

- Richard Graham

- Chris Green

- Barry Paint

- Mark Dorey

- Jonathan Le Tocq

Click here for full results for the Castel district 

South East result 'nearly two hours away'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

As we await the first results from the 2016 Guernsey Election, expected to come from the Castel, we hear the South East district is due to declare at 01:00.

A "high volume of voting" is being blamed for the later declaration time, which had earlier been estimated at 11:30.

Meanwhile news from the West is that results could be out at 23:30.

The candidates hoping to make a political comeback

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Some candidates standing today are vying to return to their former stomping ground in the States, after they were burnt by the electoral process at the last election.

Bernard Flouquet
BBC

Former Deputy Chief Minister Bernard Flouquet failed to gain re-election in 2012, along with Michael Garrett, Rhoderick Matthews, Leon Gallienne, James Stephens, Ivan Rihoy and Shane Langlois.

We'll keep you posted on whether any of them make their political comeback.

Castel count complete

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Estimate from the Castel returning officer is the declaration will be at 23:15.

South East candidates start to arrive

West is "halfway through count"

Should you use all your votes?

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

While Guernsey voters have a number of votes equal to the number of available seats most don't use all of their votes.

Bar Chart
BBC

In 2012 voters in the Castel used the most with an average of 5.2 votes for the seven seats available, while those in St Peter Port South used the least with just 4.2 votes for the six available places.  

Will it be a red-letter day for Deputy Arrun Wilkie?

Where else do 16-year-olds have the vote?

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Unlike in the UK, 16 and 17-year-olds have had the right to vote in Guernsey since the 2008 election - but how unique is this set up?

Someone marking their ballot paper
BBC

Fellow islands Jersey and the Isle of Man also have a minimum voting age of 16, alongside countries like Austria, Germany, Norway, Argentina and Brazil.

But our political expert Adrian Lee says this only represents a "few jurisdictions" - in Japan for instance the minimum voting age was only lowered to 18 from 20 last year.

Outgoing deputies at the BBC - and what a tie!

Talk turns to the top job

BBC Radio Guernsey

Talk has already turned to who will get the 'top job' in the new-look States of Guernsey on BBC Radio Guernsey this evening.

Deputy Richard Conder says "we need experience" in the president of the Policy and Resources Committee.

Richard Conder
BBC

Topping a poll "shouldn't give you the mandate" for the role, believes the deputy who is standing down after serving a four-year term.

Postal voters hit record numbers

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

A record number of people have given their stamp of approval to Guernsey's 2016 election by signing up for postal votes.

Bar chart
BBC

The popularity of posting your vote - allowed in Guernsey since 1972 - has grown significantly in recent years.

Voters had until midday today to deliver their completed ballot slips, either by post or by hand, to Sir Charles Frossard House.

Good turnout in the Castel

Deputy warns older candidates States not for part-retirement

BBC Radio Guernsey

Deputy Chief Minister Allister Langlois is warning older candidates against thinking they can partially retire in the States.

He says his age is part of the reason he is not standing for re-election.

Deputy Allister Langlois
BBC

At least 21 of the 81 candidates standing are above the retirement age of 65 this year.

That includes Rick Lowe for the West District who turned 65 today - happy birthday from us!