By-election for Deputy, St. Helier District 3/4
If you are interested in how the Island is run, have opinions about Jersey’s future and think that you would like to be more involved, why not consider standing as a States Member? Anyone can put themselves forward as a candidate for the by-election of Deputy St Helier District 3/4. You do not have to be Jersey born or live in St Helier to represent your Island home.
A By-election has been called by the Royal Court to take place on Wednesday 27 February 2019 to fill the vacancy left in St Helier district 3/4 following the passing of Deputy Richard Rondel in November 2018.
Standing for Election
If you want to stand for election as a Deputy 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 decide to stand for election you need to complete a nomination form and a declaration of convictions. Your proposer and seconders need to be entitled to vote in the electoral district in which you are standing.
Your proposer and seconders will propose you as a candidate at the nomination meeting. You will need to complete a nomination form for submission at the nomination meeting. It is advisable to take your completed nomination to the Town Hall to be checked before nomination night.
Nomination meeting for candidates for By-election for Deputy, St. Helier District 3/4
Tuesday 29 January 2019, 7pm at St Helier Town Hall.
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.
The amount that a candidate can spend is calculated as a combination of a fixed sum plus 11p for each registered elector in the constituency concerned.
The fixed amount is set at £1,700 for candidates in the Deputy By-election.
Total number of registered electors in a constituency 6,000*
Fixed Amount £1,700 + Registered Electors Amount £660 (6000 electors x 11p)
Total Election Expenses = £2,260
* The precise number of electors will not be known until the electoral registration process closes at noon on 20 February 2019. The St Helier Town Hall will nevertheless be able to give candidates, on request, an informal indication of the number of registered electors in the lead up to the nomination meeting to give some idea of the amount that they will be able to spend.
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 are standing as a candidate you need to Notify the Information Commissioner, as required by the Data Protection Law, by completing an online process.
This will allow you to access the Electoral Register (Electoral Roll) during your campaign.
The Electoral Register is prepared in each Parish in accordance with the requirements of the Public Elections (Jersey) Law 2002 (‘the Public Elections Law’).
It contains personal data relating to those Parish residents who are eligible to vote. The Public Elections Law requires the Connétable of each Parish to make the Register available for public inspection at each Parish Hall. A copy of the register as at 1st September each year is also available for inspection at the Judicial Greffe and the States Library.
Copies of the Register can be provided to anyone who is standing for election once they have been nominated, but the register must only be used for election purposes.
The fee for Notifying with the Commissioner is £50.00 per year.
The guidance document has information about the Notification requirements of candidates/States Members, particularly regarding access to the Electoral Register.
You should Notify as soon as the nomination process is complete and you are a candidate. It is a very quick process and you can do it online by following the following link: https://www.dataci.je/online-notification
There is a template for States Members that candidates can use. Under ‘Step 2’ you should select ‘Electoral registration and canvassing’ as the main purpose of your Notification.
If you have any questions about this process, please telephone +44 (0)1534 716530 or email [email protected]
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 before the By-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 By-election Candidates section of this website.
How Vote.je Helps Candidates
- Display your picture, contact details and manifesto on Vote.je
- Publish your picture, contact details and manifesto in the candidate manifesto booklet (which will be distributed to St Helier District 3/4 during week commencing 11 February 2019)
- Film and publish a 2 minute video on Vote.je
- Film and publish all hustings meetings to Vote.je
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