Become a Deputy

Information for prospective candidates

A comprehensive guide providing information for prospective candidates for the 2020 General Election is now available to download here:

Download Guide (PDF)

Paper copies are available to collect from States’ Greffe from Monday 3 August, and the Douzaines from Tuesday 4 August.

The guide includes details on the rules and important key dates for those considering standing for election, information on the role of a States Member and links to relevant legislation all candidates need be aware of. It also includes details of the support available to candidates from the States of Guernsey, including the combined manifesto and dedicated webpage.

Can I stand for election?

You can stand for election as a Deputy if you:
  • Are 18 years or over
  • Are registered on the Electoral Roll
  • 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.

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.

A draft Nomination Form is available to download here, the final version of the Nomination form will be available this week. 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 1 September and 4pm on Friday 4 September.

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 during the regulated period (1 September to 7 October), 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 during the regulated period.