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Vale Parish by-election results


The Parish of the Vale has elected Nigel Leale as a new Douzenier to replace Martyn Torode who has moved out of the parish. Congratulations Nigel!

Nigel will finish the Mr Torode’s term which ends in December 2022 and he can then stand for re-election for a full four-year term.

This was a by-election. The main parish elections will take place in November 2021. Four seats will be available and three Douzeniers are re-standing.




A record number of voters (569) turned out to choose their new Douzenier. Read the election report on the Vale Parish website.

The result was as follows:

  • Anne Setters 202 votes
  • Mary Lowe 99 votes
  • Nigel Leale 268 votes – elected

Click here to read interviews with the candidates in the Guernsey Press.


Media coverage of the election



Who voted


You can vote in parish elections if you are on the electoral roll in the Vale.

If you aren’t currently in the electoral roll, you can join for future elections using the form on this page of the States of Guernsey website.

Note: The main annual parish elections will be held on Wednesday 3rd November 2021.


More information


There’s a full description of the role of a Douzenier here – including a video from Victoria Robinson, the youngest Douzenier in the Vale.

The parish election process is explained in full here.

The Vale Parish website is full of news about Douzaine activities. Find it here.


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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