Nine candidates to run for Jersey deputy seat

Jersey's States have announced that nine candidates will stand in the March by-elections - five for District One and four for District Two.

The two St Helier seats became available after former deputies Trevor and Shona Pitman were declared bankrupt and lost their seats.

Constable Simon Crowcroft said: "The number of candidates shows a healthy sign of democracy on the island."

Parishioners will choose the deputies at the polls on March 5.

Mrs Pitman had been a member of the States for St Helier Number Two since 2005 and Mr Pitman was first elected to represent St Helier One in 2008.

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

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

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

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