The number of candidates standing at the by-election dropped to two today after one of them was taken off the nominations list.
Former UK councillor Deborah Lewis had her name removed from the ballot paper after the returning officer discovered she had not spent sufficient time on Alderney in the run up to being nominated to be eligible to stand.
The Government of Alderney Law states that anyone standing for election onto the States of Alderney must be ‘ordinarily resident’ on the island ‘trhoughout’ the 36 months immediately preceding the date of the election.
The States issued a press statement today saying ‘additional information had emerged’ following receipt of nominations, which had led the Returning Officer to conclude that Ms Lewis had not met that requirement and was therefore ineligible to stand as a candidate.
Ms Lewis’ nomination had been proposed by Pete Alllen and seconded by Robert McDowall.
The election will now be a two horse race between Bill Able and Hilary Bentley. It will be held on Saturday 10th October 2020.