If you decide to stand for election, when you submit your nomination form you will also need to provide a written manifesto, explaining why you’re standing for election, and what you believe in. The word count is 500 words. You’ll also need to provide a digital photograph.
Both the photo and your manifesto will appear on the Vote.je website, and in a candidate manifesto booklet which will be sent to all Islanders before the election.
As part of your campaign, you’ll have the opportunity to speak at hustings. These are meetings where members of the public can ask all the candidates questions.
Campaign Spending Limits
The campaign spending limit for both Deputies and Constables is £2,050, plus 13p per person entitled to vote in the Parish or constituency in which you’re standing for election.
Based on the number of voters appearing on the main electoral registers for the election on 22 June 2022, the expenditure limits for candidates are as follows:
Grouville and St Martin
Candidates for Connétable of Grouville = £2,528.92
Candidates for Connétable of St Martin = £2,401.52
Candidates for Deputy of Grouville and St Martin = £2,880.44
St John, St Lawrence and Trinity
Candidates for Connétable of St John = £2,346.40
Candidates for Connétable of St Lawrence = £2,531.91
Candidates for Connétable of Trinity = £2,302.59
Candidates for Deputy of St John, St Lawrence and Trinity = £3,080.90
St Mary, St Ouen and St Peter
Candidates for Connétable of St Mary = £2,226.41
Candidates for Connétable of St Ouen = £2,411.79
Candidates for Connétable of St Peter = £2,483.81
Candidates for Deputy of St Mary, St Ouen and St Peter = £3,022.01
Candidates for Connétable and Deputy of St Clement = £2,838.71
Candidates for Connétable and Deputy of St Saviour = £3,024.87
Candidates for Connétable and Deputy of St Brelade = £3,082.33
Candidates for Connétable of St Helier = £4,152.88
Candidates for Deputy of St Helier South = £2,668.93
Candidates for Deputy of St Helier Central = £2,704.03
Candidates for Deputy of St Helier North = £2,879.92
An extra 13p may be spent for each voter who appears on the supplementary registers which close on 15 June.
In general the approach within the law is that election expenses are:
- incurred at any time before the poll
- for the supply / use of goods / provision of services used during the regulated period
- to promote or procure the election of the candidate / the political party’s candidates
- to prejudice the electoral prospects of other candidates / another political party
The JEA accepts that not every page of a website may be intended to promote or procure the election of candidates (or prejudice others’ chances) – for example, there may be a neutral “contact us” page – albeit that the starting point is likely to be that much of the website content is likely to be geared towards that aim. Sensible and reasonable judgments should be taken as to what proportion of such costs should be included as election expenses (keeping written records relating to the site content and reasoning behind such judgments).
With respect to the ongoing use of content, for example, a page about a candidate which is intended to be displayed during and after the regulated period, the JEA’s view is that any costs of designing the page should be included in full and not pro-rated over the likely lifetime of the website (so long as the material seeks to promote or procure the candidate’s election as set out above).
The Jersey Electoral Authority (JEA) will conduct an audit of candidates’ expenditure after the elections to make sure everybody declares what they have spent and that they have kept within the spending limits.