Elections in Guernsey

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Elections in Guernsey gives information on election and election results in Guernsey.

Guernsey elects a legislature at the national level. The Guernsey States of Deliberation consists of 45 elected members (known as Deputies) and two representatives of Alderney, with the Bailiff (or his Deputy) acting as Presiding Officer with neither a casting nor original vote. In addition the Law Officers of the Crown are members of the States of Deliberation but they may not vote and by convention only address the assembly when answering questions or offering legal advice on matters under debate. Guernsey is a state in which political parties don't play an important role. The latest election was held in 2012 to elect the States of Deliberation.

Sark elects its own parliament (see Elections in Sark).

Alderney elects its own parliament (see Elections in Alderney), as well as two representatives to the bailiwick assembly. States Members hold office for four years and in alternate years there is an "Ordinary Election" at which five of the sitting members may offer themselves for re-election.[1] The President of the States of Alderney is elected for a four-year term of office.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Each parish in Guernsey is administered by a Douzaine. Douzeniers are elected for a six-year mandate, two Douzeniers being elected by parishioners at a Parish Meeting in November each year. The senior Douzenier is known as the Doyen.

Two elected Constables carry out the decisions of the Douzaine, serving for between one and three years. The longest serving Constable is known as the Senior Constable and his or her colleague as the Junior Constable.

Electoral roll[edit]

Voters are eligible to be inscribed on the electoral roll of Guernsey if they are:[2]

  • 15 or over (being able to vote from the age 16);
  • have been resident in Guernsey for 5 years (with or without breaks) or 2 years continuously;
  • are ordinarily resident in Guernsey;
  • are not subject to a legal disability.

Voters are eligible to be inscribed on the electoral roll of Sark if they are:[3]

  • 17 or over (being able to vote from the age 18);
  • have been ordinarily resident in Sark for 24 months continuously;
  • are ordinarily resident in Sark;
  • are not subject to a legal disability.

Voters are eligible to be inscribed on the electoral roll of Alderney if they are:[4]

  • 17 or over (being able to vote from the age 18);
  • have been ordinarily resident in Alderney for 12 months up to 15 October of the year in which inscription is requested;
  • are ordinarily resident in Alderney;
  • are not subject to a legal disability.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Government and Administration". States of Alderney. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Electoral Roll". Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Reform (Sark) Law, 2008". Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Electoral registration form". Retrieved 23 March 2013.