The next scheduled General Election for Senators, Deputies and Constables will be on 16 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. You will need to complete a nomination form for submission at a nomination meeting, which will be held after the election has been ordered by the Royal Court.
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.
The expenditure limit for Senatorial candidates in the October 2014 elections was £9,679.29.
The expenditure limit for Senatorial candidates in the September 2016 By Election is £9,869.81.
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 will be able to upload your details 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.
Your manifesto and photograph will then be uploaded to the Candidates and Parish sections of this website.
Guidelines have been produced by the Department for Infrastructure for those candidates who wish to advertise their election candidacy using posters and banner advertising. The guidelines should be read in full, and include the following instructions:
- Posters must not be smaller than A3 size, or larger than 600mm x 450mm
- Posters must be securely attached with wires or cable ties
- Posters must be erected at a height of not less than 7ft and must be no more than 15ft at their highest point
- Posters must be mounted on heavy duty card or on a board
- Posters must be laminated or covered to prevent weathering