Standing as a Deputy

Deputies represent a parish or – in larger parishes – they represent a district within that parish. Deputies do not have to live in the parish or the district they want to represent.

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.

 

Standing as a Constable

Constables are the head of their parish, and represent their parish by voting in the States Assembly. They must live in the parish they want to represent.

If you want to stand for election as a Constable you:

  • must be at least 18 years old
  • must be a British citizen who has been a resident in Jersey: (a) for at least 2 years up to and including the day of the election, or (b) for 6 months up to and including the day of the election, as well as a total period of 5 years previously.

Connétables cannot hold office unless they are resident in the parish they represent.

 

Nomination

If you decide to stand for election, you need to find two people who will act as your proposer and seconder. Both your proposer and seconder need to be entitled to vote in the electoral district you’re standing for. 

Your proposer and seconders will propose you as a candidate at a nomination meeting.

Before the meeting, you will need to complete a nomination form and a declaration of any criminal convictions. You will need to submit these forms at the nominations meeting.

 

Manifesto

If you decide to stand for election, you will be asked to provide a written manifesto, explaining why you’re standing for election, and what you believe in. You’ll also need to provide a digital photograph. 

Both the photo and your manifesto will appear here on this website, and in a Candidate Manifesto booklet which will be sent to all Islanders before the election. 

Campaign

Once you have been proposed at a nomination meeting, you can begin working on your election campaign. You can campaign as a candidate using lots of different methods, and all candidates can claim back some of the money they spend on elections.

As part of your campaign, you’ll speak at hustings. These are meetings where members of the public can ask all the candidates questions. 

More details on nominations, manifestos, elections expenses and guidance will be available soon. In the meantime, you can subscribe to our mailing list to stay up-to-date.

Key Election Dates

Whether you’re standing for election, or turning out to vote, here are some key dates to be aware of:

  • Early March: Letter to households confirming who is registered to vote
  • 22 March 2022: Final date that propositions can be lodged by the current States Assembly
  • 25 April 2022: Final States Meeting of the current term
  • 10 May: Purdah begins (note: Purdah is the period before elections where States Members and Government have restrictions on how they can communicate and act in a political capacity.)
  • 10-12 May: Nominations open (to be submitted to the Electoral Administrator of that District (for Deputies) or Parish (for Connétables)
  • 12 May: nominations close at 5pm
  • 18 May: All Election ’22 candidates announced on Vote.je and to the media
  • Early June: Booklets to all households with details of the candidates in their district
  • June: Hustings (dates to be confirmed)
  • 22 June 2022: Election Day
 
In 2022, we’ll be able to confirm the following :
  • Deadline to register for the main electoral register
  • Deadline to register for the supplementary register 
  • Pre-poll dates
  • Postal voting dates

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FAQs

I wasn’t born in Jersey; can I still stand for election?
Islanders can only stand for election if they are British Citizens and who have lived in Jersey for 2 years up to and including the date of the election, or who have been resident for 6 months up to the election and a total of 5 years previous. If you want to stand for election as Constable you must also live in the Parish where you want to stand as a candidate. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
How old do I have to be to stand for election?
To stand for election, candidates must be 18+ years old. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
Do I need any specific qualifications or experience to stand for election?
You do not need any qualifications or experience to stand for election. You simply need to meet the eligibility requirements, and be willing to do the job. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
I have a criminal record; can I still stand for election?
If you stand for election you will need to complete a declaration of convictions.  
What if English isn’t my first language?
If you meet the requirements to be able to stand for election, you can stand. The States Greffe offers support throughout the election period to all candidates. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
I’ve stood for election before. Is there a limit to how many times I can stand for election?
There is no limit to the number of times you can stand for election, whether you have been successfully elected or not.
Do I have to stand as an individual?
Candidates can stand as individuals or join one of Jersey’s political parties. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
Do I have to say I’m in a party when I stand?
If you are standing as a member of a party,  you need to sign a declaration on the nomination form before you get others to second you. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
How will standing for election affect my current job?
You will need time off work as the election period runs for nearly 5 weeks from nomination night and you will need to be free to talk to people in your district and attend hustings meetings. If you are a public sector worker then you may not be able to stand for election without giving up your job first. To find out more click here. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
I saw that new electoral districts were approved by the States. Will that affect the 2022 election?
The changes to electoral district will apply to the 2022 General Election. You can find out more on our website.
How do I choose which type of States Member I want to be?
In the next States Assembly there will be two types of States members: Deputies and Constables. You can find out more about the differences between them here.  
Can I only stand for election in the Parish or district that I live in?
To stand for Constable you must live in the parish you are wanting to represent. To stand for Deputy you can live in a different parish or district to the one you want to represent. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
If I formally submit my intention to stand for election, what information will be released to the public about me?
If you choose to stand for election then your name and photo will be made public. You will be invited to provide a summary to vote.je outlining your views on Island issues so that the public know what you believe in. This will be made available on vote.je and in printed materials sent to all Island households.  
What if I get trolled on social media?
States Greffe is currently developing support for candidates and States Members if they experience online trolling. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
How much of my own money do I need to spend on my election campaign?
Candidates can use their own money to support their campaign. However, there is a maximum budget, which is based on the number of people in your parish or district. 

All candidates will need to declare how much they spend. More information about the 2022 spending limits will be available soon.  To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.

Is there support for me if I stand for election?
The States Greffe will provide a package of free training for potential candidates. This will include support on manifesto writing and media engagement. 

To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.

What if I don’t know how to write a manifesto?
The States Greffe can provide advice and guidance on how to create a manifesto. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
What if I’m not confident dealing with the media?
Media training for candidates will be part of the support package being developed by the States Greffe. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
Can I campaign for my election in another language?
Yes – if you wish to translate your manifesto into other languages those versions can be included on vote.je and also in the manifesto booklet circulated to Islanders. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
What if I change my mind and no longer want to stand?
You can step down from the election at any point. If you step down after the prepoll and postal voting has opened your name may still be on the ballot paper, but votes cast for you will not be counted.  
If elected, will I get paid?
Yes, all States Members receive an annual salary and pension. The salary will be £50,000 a year for the 2022 election. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
What if I get elected and decide to start a family during my term of office?
You will be entitled to be absent from the States because of ‘parental responsibilities’ and can return to your States duties afterwards. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
What happens if I get elected but develop a serious illness?
You will be entitled to sick leave. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
If successful, how long will my term as a States Member be?
States Members term of office is for 4 years. When a new election is called Members can stand for re-election. There is no limit to the number of times you can stand for re-election in Jersey. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
What support is available if I don’t get re-elected at the end of my term of office?
If you lose your seat, you will be entitled to severance pay equal to statutory redundancy pay. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
Where can I find out more information about standing for election?
To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
I’m interested in finding out more but don’t want to give my name yet. Is that possible?
To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here. We appreciate you may wish to remain anonymous at this stage so you do not need to give your name. Your email address will be held securely by the States Greffe and used only for the purpose of sharing information about standing for election.
If I submit data to vote.je what will happen to it?
We do not share the information you provide with any third parties and we protect it in accordance with the Data Protection Act. To find out more, please visit our Privacy Policy page.
Who do I contact to ask questions about standing for election?
Further questions about standing for election can be sent to Greffier Mark Egan ([email protected]) or Deputy Greffier Lisa Hart ([email protected]).

If your question is not answered above, please contact us.