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Minister is casualty of election

Guy de Faye
Mr de Faye said he was proud of his achievements in the States

Jersey's transport minister has lost his seat in the deputies election.

Guy de Faye and his assistant minister Jackie Huet were two of five sitting politicians ousted by the electorate of St Helier's number 3/4 district.

After what experts believe could be the lowest turnout since World War II, 12 new deputies will take their seats in the States of Jersey Assembly.

The other politicians to lose their seats were Celia Scott Warren, Gerard Baudains and Patrick Ryan.

We now have a really excellent bus service
Guy de Faye, former transport minister

Mr de Faye, who had served in the States for six years, said while he may have made some mistakes, he was proud of his achievements and his strategies had carried the island forward.

"In my view we now have a really excellent bus service - better than we've had for decades - and we've sorted out the problems with our waste disposal."

The election proved successful for the island's only political party, the Jersey Democratic Alliance (JDA), with four of its five candidates elected to the States.

Deputy Trevor Pitman will continue to represent St Helier number 1, while Deputy Shona Pitman, newcomer Debbie de Sousa and Deputy Geoff Southern won seats in St Helier number 2.

Voice for youth

Christine Papworth of St Saviour number 2 was the only JDA candidate who was not voted into the States.

The youngest member to be elected was 21-year-old Jeremy Macon in St Saviour number 1.

Mr Macon said he had wanted a career in politics since he was 16 and now intended to give the youth in Jersey a voice.

A total of 63 candidates stood for the 25 available deputy seats in 13 of the island's electoral districts. Candidates from four parishes were elected unopposed.



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