How to Stand
Standing for election
Standing for election as Senator or Deputy
If you want to stand for election you must:
- be at least 18 years old
- be a British citizen who has been:
- resident in Jersey for at least 2 years up to and including the day of the election, or
- 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
Standing for Connétable
To stand for Connétable, you must meet the residency criteria above, and you must also live in the parish where you want to stand; unless you are standing in St Helier, in which case you just need to be a St Helier ratepayer.
There are various other restrictions so please see the Public Elections (Jersey) Law 2002 and the Public Elections (Jersey) Regulations 2002 to check that you are eligible to stand.
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 written declaration of convictions (see bottom of form). Your proposer and seconders need to be entitled to vote, and will propose you as a candidate at a nomination meeting.
There are restrictions on the amount of money you can spend on your election campaign in the lead-up to the elections. These are set out in the Public Elections (Expenditure and Donations) (Jersey) Regulations 2011. A Guide for Candidates standing for election to the States is available from the States Greffe, Morier House, Halkett Place (Tel 441020).
If you decide to stand for election, at the nomination meeting you will be asked to prepare a 500 word manifesto document and provide a good quality digital photograph for inclusion in an elections booklet.
Your photograph should be a head and shoulders profile shot with 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.
Your manifesto can be a maximum of 500 words, and the text will be cut off at the 500th word should it exceed this limit.
Both your manifesto and your photograph must arrive by the given deadline, or they will not be included in the booklet to be distributed to all householders. You are more than welcome to send your manifesto and photograph to us prior to the deadline.
Your manifesto and photograph will be uploaded to this website and circulated in a booklet to all households in the Island.