Monday 10 February 2020
Any political party wishing to support or endorse a candidate in the 2020 General Election must register in order to do so.
It is now possible to register at the Greffe and a downloadable application form and guidance notes have been published and are available via https://election2020.gg/stand.html.
The guidance note is primarily for groups who want to know about the rules relating to registering as a political party. It aims to provide an overview of that process and the rules that need to be complied with.
Deputy Inder, President of the States' Assembly & Constitution Committee, said:
"Now we have completed the majority of the work to create the framework for the 2020 General Election to be held, we are now focussing on producing guidance on the election. Given there will be groups keen to register as a political party in advance of the June election, we initially focussed on creating the guidance notes, and making sure the relevant procedures were in place, to facilitate this. The 'Registering a political party' guidance note is the first in a series of guides the Committee will be publishing".
Further guidance will be published by the Committee in the coming months providing comprehensive advice for candidates covering a broad array of frequently asked questions, setting out the election timetable and the rules and Laws candidates will need to comply with. Guidance will also be produced on election expenses, the role of a Deputy, information about the structure of the States of Guernsey and an introduction to internal elections, which will take place in early July.
Deputy Inder said:
"It is important that we make sure those interested in the election have the information they need to engage with it - be that a candidate, political party or the voter. There is information on the Election 2020 website however we will be supporting this with guidance notes on specific areas".
Anyone who has any questions regarding how to apply as a political party further to reading the guidance is advised to contact the Greffe on 01481 749526.
The next guidance note to be produced will be the information for candidates and this will be supported with drop-in sessions that prospective candidates can attend to ask the staff involved in organising the election questions about the rules, procedures and timeframes to be met. Details of those drop-in sessions will be published towards the end of February.
Deputy Inder said:
"It has been agreed with the Presiding Officer that the nomination period will run from 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday 12th May to Friday 15th May at 4:00 p.m. We will be providing information to prospective candidates well in advance of that period, to enable them to make adequate preparations to launch their campaign".