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Voter Information Hub for Vale Parish Election


The Vale Parish held an election for four Douzeniers on Wednesday 15 November 2023.

The day to day running of the parish is the responsibility of two Constables and the parish staff team. Douzeniers represent local parishioners, keeping a careful eye on what’s happening in the community, giving feedback and suggestions and volunteering to help with parish duties.




There were six candidates for four Douzenier seats.

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Victoria Robinson – 177 votes – elected

Richard Digard – 141 votes – elected

Oliver Goddard – 97 votes – elected

John Niles – 65 votes – elected (no information supplied)


Jeremy Smithies – 57 votes

Martyn Torode – disqualified, seconder not on electoral roll


219 people voted, a turnout of 4.3%


Polling station


The Vale Douzaine Room, Rue Maraitaine from 8am to 8pm on Wednesday 15 November 2023.


How to vote


It is not possible to postal vote in a parish election. If you live in the Vale and are on the electoral roll, you need to go to the polling station at the Vale Douzaine Room in your parish on Wednesday 15 November at any time between 8am and 8pm. The process shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

You don’t need ID. Polling station officials will simply check their copy of the Vale electoral roll to make sure you are on it and then give you a ballot paper to fill out in a private booth. There are four Douzenier seats up for election so you can vote for (up to) four of the candidates. You don’t have to use all four of your votes.

You’ll put the completed ballot paper in a secure ballot box to be counted when the polling station closes. The results will be announced later that evening at the Douzaine Room after the polling station has closed and the votes have been counted. The public are allowed to attend the declaration.

If you are not currently on the electoral roll, it is too late to be included for this election. But fill in the form now to make sure you can vote next time. To check whether you are on the roll, email


Additional information


There’s a full description of the role of a Douzenier here.

The parish election process is explained in full here.

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

If you are wondering what’s happening in the other parish elections, read our update 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.

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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: 

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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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