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NOTC Positive Despite 'Cowardly' Campaigns

The people who led 'None of the Candidates' campaigns have been called 'cowardly' by the politician who suggested the ballot paper option.

Karen Shenton-Stone, the Constable of St Martin, won a vote to introduce the option in uncontested elections and had to face it herself.

Posters asked parishioners in St Brelade to vote 'none of the above', while there was a social media campaign against Kevin Lewis in St Saviour.

882 voters (27%) cast their ballot against Mike Jackson, while 1,146 (42%) opposed Kevin Lewis.

"Obviously some people didn't like the system, so some people voted 'none of the above', plus there was a bit of a campaign - just to disrupt the system, I don't know why.  But we've won by a reasonable margin, so happy with that." - Constable Kevin Lewis on election night.

Read: Your New Parish Constables - how candidates for constable fared against the 'none of the candidates' option.

Constable Shenton-Stone says those who campaigned for NOTC should have stood for election themselves;

"I apologise to my fellow constables - a couple of them who had a really hard time.  They have come through it, some of them very graciously. It is not very nice for anybody, anywhere in the world, to have a faceless campaign against you.  That is not in the spirit of democracy."

She thinks overall the NOTC option was positive:

"Every single member - all 49 members - we have all stood for election and we have all been elected.  So nobody can say we have been elected unopposed."

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