Today, 22 June, exactly two years after Jersey’s last elections to the States, – Jersey’s
Official Election Guide – has launched a campaign to encourage Islanders to start thinking
about standing for election in 2026, when all 49 roles (37 Deputies and 12 Connétables) in
the States Assembly will be up for grabs.

Acting on the findings of research into Islanders’ views about Jersey’s elections, the Plan To
Stand campaign advises Islanders of all ages, professions and experience who are eligible to
stand, keen to make a difference in their community and are interested in learning more
about standing for election to the States Assembly to:

  1. Take action early!
  2. Learn more about what it’s really like to be a States Member
  3. Sign up to receive the Plan To Stand newsletter for timely updates, resources
    and practical guidance to help them on their election journey.

In addition to the newsletter, the first phase of the campaign, includes a series of insightful
videos which will be shared over the coming weeks on and its social media pages. will also be hosting events for potential election candidates in 2025.

The research behind the Plan To Stand campaign is both qualitative and quantitative, and
includes the 2022 Jersey Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (JOLS), and academic research
conducted in partnership with Dr Chris Pich from Nottingham Trent University, which
offers suggestions from focus groups with Islanders on how to improve public understanding
and awareness of Jersey’s political system and how to engage with it. Campaign Manager, Emily Thomas, said: “Islanders told us they want high quality
candidates and parties that are clear about who they are and what they stand for. The ‘Plan
To Stand’ campaign sets out to inspire and empower potential candidates to take action
early and prepare to deliver their best possible election campaign that builds connections
and trust with voters. The aim is that Islanders will be motivated to turn out and vote in
2026 because there are plenty of high calibre options on the ballot paper that align with voters’ views
and values.