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 want to stand for election as a Connétable 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 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 a nomination meeting. You will need to complete a nomination form for submission at a nomination meeting, which will be held after the election has been ordered by the Royal Court.

Manifesto

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 island-wide before the election.

Further details on submitting your manifesto and election expenses and guidance for the 2022 General Election in Jersey will be added soon.

FAQs

I wasn't born in Jersey; can I still stand for election?
In order to stand for election as a Senator or Deputy you must be born in Jersey or be a British  Citizen who has been in Jersey for at least 2 years up to and including the day of the election, or be a 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 want to stand for election as Constable you must live in the Parish where you want to stand as a candidate, been a resident in Jersey for at least 2 years up to and including the day of the election, or be a 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. 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. 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. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
What if English isn't my first language?
Providing candidates meet the requirements to be able to stand for election, anyone can stand. Support will be available by the States Greffe. 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. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
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?
Yes, 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 last year but when will they be implemented?
Laws are currently being drafted to reflect the decisions made by the Assembly on 3 December 2020:

  •  A reduced number of electoral districts
  • Removal of the Senator role from the States Assembly
  • An increase in the number of Deputies

The updates laws will be debated by the States Assembly on 20 April 2021 for implementation from 2022. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.

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: Deputy and Constable. If you’d like to find out more about the different roles please contact us. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest 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 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. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
What if I get trolled on social media?
Support from the States Greffe is currently being developed in order to support 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 finances at their discretion but there is a maximum amount you can use which is worked out based on the number of people registered to vote in your district. You will need to declare how much you spend. We will publish information about the 2022 limits once the electoral districts are confirmed. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
Is there support for me if I stand for election?
A package of free training for potential candidates is currently being developed by the States Greffe. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
What if I don't know how to write a manifesto?
Advice and guidance on creating a manifesto will be provided by the States Greffe. 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 document 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. To find out more, and receive updates and information, register your interest here.
If elected, will I get paid?
Yes, all States Members receive an annual salary and pension. The salary will be £50,000 per annum 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 commensurate 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.