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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 below.

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.

Download Candidate Guide (PDF)

Accessibility: If you require the candidate manifesto templates in an accessible format, please contact Tony Tostevin at TPA on 01481 748036 or [email protected]. If you require the candidate guidance or the nomination form in an accessible format, please contact the Election team on 01481 747579 or [email protected].

 

Candidate Information

Election expenditure and donations

This guidance provides information on the rules on spending and donations for Candidates and Political Parties in the run-up to the General Election of People’s Deputies on 7th October, 2020.

Download the Guidance (PDF)

Candidate briefing evenings

Two candidate briefing sessions will be held this month for all prospective candidates. All candidates are invited to a brief presentation at 6:00pm in the Cambridge & Delancey Rooms of Beau Sejour on:

• Wednesday 26th August

The Registrar-General of Electors and other relevant officials will be available to answer questions on the Election process.

Download the Presentation (PDF)

Manifesto printing, fulfilment and postal distribution for individual manifestos

For candidates wishing to produce, print and distribute their own individual manifestos, information is available here:

Printed in GSY has produced a guide with information here:

Download (PDF)

Guernsey Post has produced a guide with information here:

Download (PDF)

Colour Monster offers a local printing service, please contact Matthew Stephen on 01481 244175 for a quote.

Melody Press offers a local printing service, please contact them on 01481 245596 for a quote.

A representative from Guernsey Post will also be attending the Candidate Information evening on Wednesday 26 August to answer any questions candidates may have.

Electoral rolls and walk orders

As outlined in The Electoral Roll (Availability) Rules, 2020, an electronic copy of the full Electoral Roll will be made available to candidates from the date they deliver their nomination form to the Presiding Officer (the Bailiff), provided they have registered as a Data Controller, as set out in the following download.

Download Document (PDF)

Hustings and Events

We have compiled a diary of known events being organised relating to the General Election. If you have any additional events you would like to add please get in touch via [email protected] or call 747549.

Download (XLS)

Data Protection

The Office of the Data Protection Authority had produced General Advice & Guidance for States Members. Read more here:

Download (PDF)

Information about how your personal data will be processed as part of the election process can be found in the Fair Processing Notice for Candidates. Read more here:

Download (PDF)

How to Stand

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.

The Nomination Form is available to download here. 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. Please note that forms will not be accepted before or after that period.

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.

The Nomination Form

Download the Nomination Form (PDF)

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. Please note that forms will not be accepted before or after that period.