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New voter info ‘hub’ for parish elections

 

To help voters choose between the record number of candidates standing in the deferred parish elections, Women in Public Life created a voter information ‘hub’ on its website at womeninpubliclife.gg. As the election was in November 2020, this has now been removed in line with our privacy policy.

Each candidate had an individual page giving her or his contact details, plus links to their leaflet and any social media accounts. The hub also listed the polling stations and will include any Meet The Candidate events organised by the parishes.

Deferred elections

At their parish meetings on 4th November, St Peter Port and St Martin’s parishioners voted to defer their elections so that all eligible voters could take part, if they wish.

The new election date was Wednesday 18th November 2020 and polling stations were set up at the St Martin’s Parish Hall for St Martin’s and the Constables Office and Beau Sejour for St Peter Port from 10am to 8pm.

Record levels of interest

Shelaine Green, Chair of Women in Public Life, said: “The States aren’t involved in the parish elections so there won’t be a manifesto booklet or a glossy website that parishioners can look through. But with so much interest this year, we decided to help voters out by creating a simple information ‘hub’ on our own website. Our thanks to all the candidates who have been sending us their contact details and campaign materials.

“If you live in St Peter Port or St Martin’s, please take a look and vote on Wednesday 18th November. We all faithfully pay hundreds of pounds in parish rates each year, it’s important that we take the time to choose who spends them.”

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Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 

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Angela Merkel - Germany

Nominated by: Anni Bisson

AWAITING COPY (born 26 July 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth while in office when her daughter was born in June 2018.

Germany is ranked 49th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 31.5% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: data.ipu.org) 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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