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                            the Isle of Man’s diverse and dynamic business environment.




           After a night of high drama in the House of Keys general election ten women were elected into o  ce
           – the highest number on record.
               he public registered their dissatisfaction   Johnston.            Hayward.
               with the performance of the last   Douglas Central: Ann Corlett, Chris
                                                                              The history making night got o  to a dramatic
           Tadministration by removing four former   Thomas.
                                                                              start with two women topping the poll in South
           ministers – Graham Cregeen, Tim Baker, Ray   Douglas East: Joney Faragher, Claire
                                                                              Douglas where Manx Labour party member
           Harmer and Geo rey Boot.            Barber.
                                                                              Sarah Maltby topped the poll by just two votes
                                                Douglas South: Sarah Maltby, Clair
           The new Keys is:                                                   from Claire Christian.
               Middle: Jane Poole Wilson, Stu Peters.
                                                Douglas North: David Ashford, John   The changes mean there are also now two
               Ramsey: Lawrie Hooper, Dr. Alex
                                                Wannenburgh                   vacancies in the Legislative Council, after Jane
                                                Gar : Daphne Caine, Andrew Smith.  Poole-Wilson and Kate Lord-Brennan won seats
               Arbory Castletown and Malew: Jason
                                                Onchan: Rob Callister, Julie Edge.  in the House of Keys.
               Moorhouse, Tim Glover.
                                                Rushen: Juan Watterson, Dr Michelle
               Ayre and Michael: Alfred Cannan, Tim
          ‘Scope for improvement in some areas’
             he Cabinet O  ce has welcomed the                               Peter Boxer Executive Director of Crown and
             initial fi ndings of the election observation                     External Relations said: ‘Ensuring that elections
         Tmission conducted by the Commonwealth       The preliminary         are properly administered is vital in maintaining
          Parliamentary Association British Islands and   statement said the   the public’s confi dence in the democratic
          Mediterranean Region (CPA BIMR).                                    process and in protecting the Island’s reputation.
                                                       Isle of Man had
          The independent mission team has published                          The independent and expert scrutiny of the
          its preliminary statement after observing   ‘delivered a well-      CPA provides an opportunity to benchmark our
          preparations for the 2021 House of Keys General   administered and   system against international standards and best
          Election and the proceedings on polling day.                        practice. We welcome the CPA’s preliminary
                                               competitive election’          statement and wish to thank all those who
          CPA members attended polling stations                               contributed to the successful delivery of this
          and count venues across the Island’s 12   one. Sta  coordinating the technology supporting   year’s election, especially the deputy returning
          constituencies, and gathered evidence from                          o  cers and their teams.’
                                            the online process reported no errors or failures
          a range of key stakeholders, including deputy   of the system during polling day”.
          returning o  cers, candidates, voters and election                 Frank Carolan Head of the Crown and Elections
          o  cials.                        The Cabinet O  ce is already carrying out its own   Team at the Cabinet O  ce added: ‘Overall, we
                                            analysis of the processes involved in delivering   were pleased with how the election process
          The preliminary statement said the Isle of   the 2021 General Election, which was the fi rst to   went. We are committed to delivering the best
          Man had ‘delivered a well-administered and   be conducted under modernised legislation.  process possible and are aware that there is
          competitive election’.                                              scope for some improvements in a number
                                            The CPA’s interim fi ndings, together with the
          It commented on the successful introduction                         of areas. A key focus of our review will be
                                            recommendations in its fi nal report, will be taken
          of the Voting App utilised in the Douglas South   into account as part of this post-election review.  accessibility. We were broadly happy with the
          constituency. “The project appears to have                          venues that we used this year that o ered better
          been a success, based on the Mission’s polling    An Isle of Man Electoral Commission will also be   accessibility and convenience to many voters.
          day observations. The system was easy to use   appointed for the fi rst time to look at constituency   There will inevitably be areas where we can
          for sta  and numerous voters attended polling   boundaries and other election issues as directed   continue to improve in this regard to make our
          stations that were not their originally designated   by Tynwald.    elections as open and inclusive as possible.’

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