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July by-election in St Martin’s


**For information only: Nominations closed**. 


The Parish of St Martin will be holding a parish by-election on Tuesday 13 July for a Douzenier, a Constable and a member of the School Committee.

The Douzenier will finish the term of Mary Collins, who has moved out of the parish (term ends Dec 2022), and the Constable will complete the term of John Bamford, who recently resigned (term ends Dec 2021). The School Committee role is short-term as well (Dec 2021).

Completing a term is a good way to test the water before standing for a full term at a future election.

St Martin’s currently has only one female Douzenier which means it has the lowest proportion of women of any parish in the Island. List of St Martin’s Douzaine members.

If you’re interested, pop into the Constables Office at the Parish Hall to find out more and ask for a nomination form – or call 238363. Nomination forms must be returned by 4pm on Friday 2 July. The nomination form just needs the signatures of two people who are on the electoral roll in St Martin’s.

The election is due to be held at a parish meeting in the St Martin’s Parish Hall at 7pm on Tuesday 13 July 2021.

There’s a full description of the roles of Douzenier and Constable here – including a video from Mary.

The parish election process is explained here.

Feel free to get in touch with us if we can help in any way –


Closed at 4pm on Friday 2 July 2021.



Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


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: 

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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. 


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: 

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

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