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Split votes lead to “States positions by raffle ticket”

Split votes lead to “States positions by raffle ticket”

Thursday 11 January 2024

Split votes lead to “States positions by raffle ticket”

Thursday 11 January 2024


A split vote for two political positions in Alderney led to one being chosen by lucky dip...

An election was held for several positions within Alderney’s government, including the States of Alderney’s new Vice-President and a number of committee chairs.

Nigel Vooght was voted in as Chairman of Policy and Finance and Kevin Gentle as Chair of the Building and Development Control Committee. 

Alex Snowdon was re-elected as Chair of Economic Development.

The VP and GSC Chair positions were contested, with a split vote for both. Bruce Woodhead and Ian Carter both received five votes for the role of VP. The President of the States of Alderney, William Tate, then used his casting vote to support Mr Carter over Mr Woodhead, explaining that because the VP role was ‘non-political’ he could vote for his preferred candidate. 

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Pictured: Alex Snowdon, who recently called for a direct air route to Guernsey, was re-elected as Chair of Economic Development.

The position of Chair for the General Services Committee (GSC) was also contested 50/50. A recess was held to see if members could come to a compromise, but a second vote saw five votes for Lin Maurice and five votes for Bill Able. 

It was then decided that both names would be put in the Greffier’s hat. Lin Maurice was pulled and subsequently named GSC Chair. 

Alderney rep Alex Snowdon said the election was akin to “States position by raffle ticket. 

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