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By Cécile Lucot
    Cécile Lucot has lived in St. Barths for ten years. Originally from Bordeaux, this professional journalist was the editor-in-chief of St. Barth Magazine for six years. She then participated in the daily local mini-newspaper "Today" and writes regularly for regional magazines. Once or twice a month, she presents a recap of local news on St. Barths Online.
July 7, 2007 - #78

Results of Territorial Elections:
Victory for St. Barth d’Abord

Only one round of voting was needed in the election for the first territorial council of the new Overseas Collectivity of Saint Barth. With voter participation at 70.56%, the population once again displayed its confidence for the slate led by Bruno Magras. This marked a record high level of voter turnout, evident by mid-day on Sunday, July 1, with 40% of the votes cast by noon. The slate, St. Barth d’Abord, won 72.23% of the votes cast, or 2399 votes out of a total of 3358. This large margin gave St. Barth d’Abord 16 seats on the council, with each of the other slates winning one seat each.

Registered # of votes Voter turnout Blank Votes Actual votes
4759 3358 70,56% 37 3321

Bureau 2
Bureau 3
Bureau 4
St-Barth d’Abord
Bruno Magras
597 586 657 559 2399
Tous Unis pour St-Barth
Karine Miot-Richard
102 77 62 89 330
Action Equilibre Transparence
Maxime Desouches
96 86 59 89 330
Ensemble pour St-Barth
Benoît Chauvin
69 65 60 68 262

Marie-Thérèse Weber, the doyenne of the council members, will preside over the first meeting on Sunday, July 15. The agenda is the election of the six-member executive council and the president of the territorial council. In contrast to the former municipal council, the territorial council members will be paid: 1.831.32 euros for the council members; 2,047.45 euros for the two executive council members; 2,605.84 euros for the four vice-presidents; and 5,397.83 euros for the president. These fees are limited by law and calculated on the same formula as general council members. The territorial council has the right to reduce them if it so desires.
Although it is now legally separated from Guadeloupe, Saint Barth will still be represented socialist deputy Victorin Lurel, from Guadeloupe, in the French National Assembly, until the next legislative elections are held. The senator for the COM will be elected in September 2008.

Members of the territorial council:

Bruno Magras, 56, businessman
Nicole Gréaux, née Gumbs, 51, teacher
Yves Gréaux, 57, teacher
Marie-Thérèse Weber, 62, hotel director
Michel Magras, 53, teacher
Rose-Marie Fauconnier , née Berry, 51, teacher
Jean-Pierre Magras, 46, businessman
Cécile Tiberghien, née Girelli, 35, jurist
Patrick Kawamura, 54, teacher
Micheline Jacques, née Blanchard, 36, teacher
Nils Dufau, 37, businessman
Jeanne-Marie Gréaux, 55, security agent
Andy Laplace, 32, chemist
Corinne Fébrissy, née Gréaux, 37, nurse
Ginette Gréaux, née Laplace, 40, assistant pharmacist
Jules Brin, 47, mechanic
Karine Miot-Richard, 43, lawyer
Maxime Desouches, 44, manager
Benoît Chauvin, 35, statistical engineer

  More to come

  Cécile Lucot

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