With Jersey’s next General Election less than eight months away, new resources are being launched to give potential candidates more information about standing for election.
The first in a series of videos, is available on the Vote.je YouTube channel, covering:
- What the role of States Member involves
- The support and training available for candidates
- What the recent changes to the Election Law mean for 2022 candidates
- How candidates from a range of backgrounds are being supported to stand for election
As a follow-on to the video, Mark Egan (Greffier of the States) and Lisa Hart (Deputy Greffier of the States) will also be available to answer questions from members of the public who may be considering standing for election in a live Facebook Q&A event next Tuesday, 9 November at 7pm.
Islanders can submit questions in advance by emailing email@example.com or ask questions during the Facebook event.
The session is part of an ongoing package of training and support designed to help more Islanders consider standing for election when Jersey goes to the polls on 22 June 2022. Other topics include politics in Jersey, creating a manifesto, what to expect in a hustings session, and how to use social media as a candidate. The videos are part of a campaign developed by the States Assembly’s Diversity Forum.
Carina Alves, Chair of PPC, said: “We know from extensive research when the public feel that politicians understand and represent their experiences, they are more likely to engage in politics.
“We know that there are large sections of Jersey’s community whose experiences are not currently represented in the States Assembly. And – at the same time – we recognise that there are lots of barriers to standing for election, including a lack of information.
“I’d encourage any members of the public who have ever thought about standing for election – however fleetingly – to watch the video and attend the live event. We aim to answer as many questions as possible, to remove some of those barriers so we can create a more diverse, representative States Assembly.”