Standing as a Deputy
From June 2022, Deputies will represent one of nine electoral districts, rather than a Parish (as they do currently). Deputies do not have to live in the district they wish to represent.
If you want to stand for election as a Deputy you must be:
- at least 18 years old
- a British Citizen who has been: (a) resident in Jersey for at least two years up to and including the day of the election, or (b) resident in Jersey for six months up to and including the day of the election, as well as a total period of five years previously.
Standing as a Constable
Constables (or Connétables) 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
- a British citizen who has been a resident in Jersey: (a) for at least two years up to and including the day of the election, or (b) for six months up to and including the day of the election, as well as a total period of five years previously.
Constables cannot hold office unless they live in the Parish they represent.
If you decide to stand for election, you need to find ten people who will act as your proposer and seconders. Your proposer and seconders need to be entitled to vote in the electoral district you’re standing for.
Your proposer and nine seconders will propose you. You’ll also need to complete a nomination form and a declaration of any criminal convictions.
This year, in 2022, there will no longer be a nominations meeting. Instead, between 10 and 12 May, you can submit your nomination form and declaration to the Electoral Administrator of the district or Parish you’re running for.
Nomination forms for this year’s election are not yet available but are coming soon. The form is currently being revised and requires the approval of the Jersey Electoral Authority (JEA) before it becomes available for download from Vote.je and to pick up from Parish Halls.
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 on the Vote.je website, and in a Candidate Manifesto booklet which will be sent to all Islanders before the election.
Once you have been proposed as a candidate, 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: Pre-election period begins (note: during the pre-election period, States Members and the 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 Constables)
- 12 May: nominations close at 5pm
- 12pm noon 17 May: Deadline to register for the main electoral register
- 18 May: All election candidates announced on Vote.je and to the media
- Early June: Booklets to all households with details of the candidates in their district
- 12pm noon 15 June: Deadline to register for the supplementary register
- June: Hustings (dates to be confirmed)
- 22 June 2022: Election Day
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