Members of the States of Jersey are elected by the public. Voters elect Senators, Deputies and Connétable 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 Connétable 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 Connétable 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 if you are standing for election as a Senator and they need to be entitled to vote in the electoral district in which you are standing if you are standing for election as a Constable or Deputy.
Your proposer and seconders will propose you as a candidate at a nomination meeting. 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 Connétables.
The Public Elections (Expenditure and Donations) (Jersey) Law 2014 sets out limits on the amount that candidates can spend when standing for election. The Law also requires 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 Law 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) Law 2014
These are available on this website, and 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 on this website and the Candidate Manifestos booklet that will distributed island-wide before the election. You can upload your details now on the Candidate Information Upload page.
Your photograph should be a head and shoulders profile shot of you facing the camera. Please ensure that your photograph is in focus and well lit. Your photograph must be supplied as either a JPEG, GIF or PNG file (minimum size 1MB, maximum size 5MB).
There is a maximum ‘500 word limit‘ for your manifesto and the text will be cut short if the word limit is exceeded. Your manifesto must be uploaded as a typed text document such as a WORD or PDF file. Please ensure that your manifesto is checked for spelling, grammar and punctuation and that the file name of your document includes your name.
Guidelines have been produced by Transport and Technical Services for those candidates who wish to advertise their election candidacy using posters and banner advertising.