In the first election where political parties were allowed to stand, how did they fare?
For the Alliance Party, the answer is not very well. Leader Barry Weir claimed earlier in the evening that the party had done “very well” and that he expected all 11 candidates to be successful.
The reality? None of the party’s 11 candidates have been elected. The closest to the top 38 was Tony Cunningham, who got 3,393 votes and polled at 87th.
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Today the Alliance Party Guernsey spokesperson said the party was “obviously… disappointed” that none their candidates were elected, but “pleased” that each candidate received a “significant number of votes”.
It is still our honestly held belief that if Guernsey really wants decisive, political leadership that gets things done in a transparent way that it will ultimately require strong political parties. We appreciate that party politics was a new concept for Islanders and that many people weren’t ready for this change.
The spokesperson went on to say “we will not make any knee-jerk reactions as to what will happen with the Party until we have had proper time to reflect”.
Meanwhile, the Guernsey Party saw the majority of its candidates elected, whereas the Guernsey Partnership of Independents saw just under half of the candidates it put up for election successful.
Deputies elected from the Guernsey Party
Deputies elected from the Guernsey Partnership of Independents
Whilst a significant number of the new Deputies are now from parties, the majority of those elected (22) are independent.