Sweeping changes in Falkland Islands general election
The Falkland Islands electorate wanted change, and effectively returned eight new names for the Legislative Assembly on Thursday’s General Election.
Not one of the previous Legislative Assembly members managed to retain the bench either in the capital Stanley or in the Camp, according to the final vote count released at mid night.
The closest was Mike Summers who fell short of 50 votes to Jan Cheek’s 452 votes who thus will be representing Stanley next to Dick Sawle (770), Gavin Short (590), Glenn Ross (491) and Emma Edwards (474).
Retired businessman Dick Sawle and former leader of the General Employees Union Gavin Short marked impressive personal victories given the unprecedented support received.
In the Camp, change was also the message: the three seats went to former Councillors who had retired from politics, Roger Edwards (148); Sharon Halford (147) and Bill Luxton (147). Ian Hansen from the outgoing Legislative Assembly garnered 93 votes.