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Jersey rejects time-zone change

Jersey residents have voted almost three-to-one not to adopt Central European Time (CET).

While 6,564 people voted for clocks to move forward an hour from GMT, to be in line with neighbouring France, 17,230 voted against - 72.4% of votes cast.

States members will make the final decision, as the result of the referendum is not binding.

In the States senatorial elections, Ian Le Marquand topped the poll. Education minister Mike Vibert lost his seat.

Mr Vibert only received 6,098 votes and came ninth in the poll, which saw 21 candidates standing for six seats.

Mr Le Marquand, who received 14,238 votes, will be joined in the States in December by Alan Breckon, Alan Maclean, Paul Routier, Philip Ozouf and Sarah Ferguson.

Four parishes also elected constables. Len Norman was elected in St Clement, Julliette Gallichan won the vote in St Mary, John Refault was elected in St Peter and voters in St Lawrence elected Deidre Mezbourian.

They will all join the benches in December.

The referendum on changing time zone was the first on the island since 1947.


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