Can I stand for election?
You can stand for election as a Deputy if you:
- Are 18 years or over
- Are ordinarily resident in Guernsey on the date of your nomination as candidate
- Have been ordinarily resident in Guernsey for the two years immediately before the date of nomination, or for five years in total at any time before the date of nomination
- Have not been sentenced by a court in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man to imprisonment for a period of six months or more, whether suspended or not, without the option of a fine, in the last five years
There are also specific conditions relating to criminal offences committed in the last five years. Please contact the Election 2020 Office for details on 01481 747579 or email [email protected].
What does a Deputy do?
A Deputy is the name for a Guernsey politician. Deputies sit in our parliament, The States of Deliberation. Their primary job is to serve the people of Guernsey by attending States meetings and making decisions in the best interests of the people. A Deputy must take an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen, her heirs and successors according to the law, in which they must promise to perform their duties to the States “well and faithfully”. A Deputy must act in the public interest, and following the Deputies’ Code of Conduct, must act with selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
Being a Deputy can be a time-consuming job. Our politicians can come from any background and should be prepared for a diary full of States meetings, committee meetings, replying to emails and letters, meeting with the public, media interviews, reading billets and preparing notes for future meetings. From time to time, a Deputy may be asked to represent Guernsey on an international platform, so it can also involve travel away from the Island.
Political Parties and Associations
A "political party" is:
a free association of persons, one of the aims of which is to participate in the management of public affairs, including through the presentation of candidates to free and democratic elections.
Any political party which wishes to support or endorse a candidate in the Guernsey General Election must be registered at the Greffe first.
An application form and guidance notes on how to make an application are available here:
There will be an administrative fee for making an application.
Every party must have a leader, a treasurer and a secretary, although a member may hold more than one of these posts at a time. Applications to the Greffe must be signed by two members of the party who are on the Electoral Roll. The application must contain the following information to be processed by the Greffe:
- The name of the political party or association and any abbreviation of such
- Its emblem (if it has one)
- The full names of its officers
- Its constitution including the purpose and structure of the party, its aims and objectives (one of which must be the support or endorsement of candidates for the office of People’s Deputy) and its membership rules
- Its most recent financial accounts
- Its postal address in Guernsey
The Greffier considers applications for registration as a political party. The Greffier must grant an application for registration as a political party if he is satisfied that the application complies with the requirements set out in the Law. If granted, the party will be entered into the ‘Register of Political Parties’.
The Greffier will not grant an application for registration as a political party if in his opinion the name, any abbreviation of the name, or emblem of the political party is:
- offensive or otherwise inappropriate, or
- the same as, or of such similarity to, the name, abbreviation or emblem of any other organisation that it might reasonably be confused with it
The Register of Political parties will be maintained by the Greffier and will be available to view at the Greffe during normal working hours.
After a party has registered, it must:
- notify the Greffier if there is any change to its constitution, its officers or its postal address
- file at the Greffe its financial accounts for the previous calendar year (every February)
A political party can apply to the Greffier to be removed from the Register. Such an application needs to be signed by the leader and one other office-holder of the party and be accompanied by evidence that the decision to apply for removal from the Register was made in accordance with the party's agreement.
The Greffier can also remove a political party from the Register without an application being made in certain limited circumstances – for example, if he is satisfied that the party no longer exists.
I’m interested... what next?
The best way to find out about what it’s like to be a Deputy is to speak to an existing one. Current Deputies are listed on www.gov.gg/yourdeputies. You can also contact the Election 2020 Office for help on 01481 747579 or email [email protected]. They’ll be able to provide you with some further information and advice.
Nomination forms will be available from 12 May 2020 at the Bailiff’s Chambers and the various Douzaines. Each form must be signed by a proposer and seconder whose names must be on the Electoral Roll.
Completed forms must be returned to the Bailiff’s Secretary between 9am on Tuesday 12 May 2020 and 4pm on Friday 15 May 2020.
Advice for candidates will be issued by the States Assembly & Constitution Committee in due course. It will include further details on campaign rules including the spending limits for individual candidates and parties decided in the December 2019 meeting of the States of Deliberation.
Each candidate can apply for a grant of up to £500 towards campaign materials. They will also be given benefits-in-kind by way of space on this website and being allocated two pages for their manifesto in the candidate manifesto booklet which will be delivered to every home on the Electoral Roll.
Candidates will be set a spending limit of £6,000, 50% of which they may assign to a party or association to which they are affiliated. Expenditure by a political party or association on promotion of the party and its policies may not exceed £9,000.
Further advice for candidates will be issued by the States’ Assembly & Constitution Committee in due course. It will include further details on campaign rules including the spending limits for individual candidates and parties decided at the December 2019 meeting of the States of Deliberation.