Sark’s newly elected Conseillers announced following the first contested election in more than five years

Four candidates for three seats on the island’s parliament saw a closely contested election with only 61.3% of the electorate turning out to vote, only 206 islanders out of 336 on the electoral register. Recent media coverage confirmed that there are concerns locally as to the low number recorded on the electoral register yet with 700 taxpayers, just slightly more than double.

Rosemary Kate Couldridge topped the poll with 143 votes, with Benjamin Harris in second place with 140, Christopher Bateson with 138 votes and James Martin in fourth with 126 votes. The top three polled should be sworn into office later today with Rosemary Couldridge and Benjamin Harris as Conseillers until January 2027 and Christopher Bateson to January 2025.

The most recent contested general election was held in December 2018, with 15 candidates for nine seats, whilst the last contested by-election was almost a decade ago in December 2013 when seven candidates stood for four seats.

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