How do you become a Deputy?

Getting elected

Deputies are elected every four years, unless a by-election is needed. This is when only one new Deputy needs to be found to fill a seat, for example if a member of the States resigns.

Ballot-BoxFirstly, if you want to be a Deputy, you must:

  • Be 18 years old or over
  • Live in Guernsey (for at least two years before the election)
  • Have not been in prison for a period of six months or more (during the five years prior to the date of the election)

You then have to decide which Electoral District you want to represent.

This is usually where you live but it doesn’t have to be.

There are seven Electoral Districts

These are:

  • St. Peter Port South (including Herm and Jethou)
  • St. Peter Port North
  • St. Sampson
  • Vale
  • Castel
  • West (including St. Saviour, St. Pierre du Bois, Torteval and Forest)
  • South East (including St. Martin and St. Andrew)

Next, you must find two people on the Electoral Roll from the Electoral District you want to stand in to nominate you. These are people who think you would make a good Deputy.

A nomination form should be completed and sent to the Bailiff. You will now be a candidate, hoping to be elected.

Now, the election campaign can begin. This is when you try to convince the people in your Electoral District that you would be a good Deputy and that you would represent them fairly in the States.

To do this, you might try some of these:

Prepare a manifesto: This could be a booklet or even just a sheet of paper in which the candidate explains what they think about a range of topics; for example: schools, hospitals or parks.

Attend a hustings: These are meetings where candidates make short speeches and answer questions from the electors.

Call door to door: Knocking on doors to speak to the electors face-to-face at their homes. This gives the electors the chance to discuss directly with the candidates the issues which affect them.

Place posters around the electoral district.

Place advertisements in the local newspaper.

Build a profile: This may include creating a website, using social media (Twitter/Facebook/other) and volunteering for high profile roles in the community.

At the end of the election campaign, the electors vote for the candidates they would like to be their Deputies. There are five or six Deputies for each Electoral District.

From 2020, the new Deputies begin their duties on 1st July and hold their position for four years.