Members of the States of Jersey are elected by the public. Voters elect Senators, Deputies and Constables on the same day. The next election will be on 15th October 2014 when members of the States will be elected for three and a half years until May 2018.
Standing for Election
If you want to stand for election as a Senator, Deputy or Constable you must:
- be at least 18 years old
- be a British citizen who has been -
(a) resident in Jersey for at least 2 years up to and including the day of the election, or
(b) resident in Jersey for 6 months up to and including the day of the election, as well as a total period of 5 years previously
If you want to stand for election as a Constable you also need to live in the parish where you want to stand as a candidate (unless you want to stand in St Helier, in which case you just have to be a ratepayer in the parish of St Helier).
If you decide to stand for election you need to complete a nomination form and, if you are standing for the office of Senator or Deputy, a declaration of convictions. Your proposer and seconders need to be entitled to vote and will propose you as a candidate at a nomination meeting. Nomination forms are available from your Parish Hall.
The nomination meetings for the 2014 elections will be held on Tuesday 16 September 2014 for Senators and Wednesday 17 September 2014 for Deputies and Constables.
The Public Elections (Expenditure and Donations) (Jersey) Regulations 2011 set out limits on the amount that candidates can spend when standing for election. The Regulations also require candidates to declare the amount they have spent and what donations they received after the elections. Non compliance is a criminal offence.
Rules are also set out in the Regulations for third parties who campaign for or against candidates without the knowledge or agreement of those candidates.
Guidance on Standing for Election
Information on standing for election to the States of Jersey should be read in conjunction with:
- the Public Elections (Jersey) Law 2002
- the Public Elections (Jersey) Regulations 2002
- the States of Jersey Law 2005
- the Public Elections (Expenditure and Donations) (Jersey) Regulations 2011
These are available from the States Assembly Information Centre, Morier House, Halkett Place, St. Helier.
If you decide to stand for election, you will be asked to provide a written manifesto and a digital photograph for inclusion in an elections booklet to be distributed to all households.
Your photograph should be a head and shoulders profile shot of you looking at the camera (minimum size 1 MB, maximum size 7 MB). Please ensure that your photograph is in focus, is well lit and that there are no background distractions.
There will be a maximum word limit for your manifesto and the text will be cut off at the word limit if this is exceeded. Both your manifesto and your photograph must arrive by the given deadline or they will not be included in the booklet. You are welcome to send your manifesto and photograph to us prior to the deadline.
Your manifesto and photograph will then be uploaded to the Candidates section of this website.