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Electoral roll


To be nominated as a candidate, you, and your proposer and seconder, must be on the electoral roll. If you aren’t on the roll, there is no point adding yourself just yet because a completely new electoral roll will be put together for Election 2025 and this won’t open for registrations until Autumn 2024.

A new roll is created for each election because it becomes out of date very quickly, even if people are asked to update their details. The States tried just rolling over the previous roll in 2012, but it didn’t work, it wasn’t accurate. This could be the last time a completely new roll is needed as there will be auto enrolment at some point in the future using the data held by Social Security.

The public can ask to view the electoral roll so someone can register anonymously if they have a valid reason (an abusive ex-partner, for example).

The two year rule

It doesn’t matter if you were born somewhere other than Guernsey or the UK, anyone can register to vote if they have been living here for the last TWO YEARS, whatever their nationality. Alternatively, you can register to vote if you’ve lived here for five years in total (with breaks in between). You must be aged 16 or over.

In many countries you can only vote if you are a citizen. Hence many people who have come to the island from overseas assume they can’t vote here – but they can once they’ve been resident here continuously for two years (holidays don’t count).

Prisoners can be on the electoral roll and vote in Guernsey.


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: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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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.

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

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