To vote in a by-election, first check the list of nominations in the Gazette Officielle to find out who is standing.
For the current St Peter Port by-election you can find the original Gazette notice on the inside back page of the Guernsey Press on Thursday 20, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 January 2022. Or view the notice online by clicking the button below.
Anyone can go to a parish meeting but only those on the electoral roll can vote in the elections.
As there are MORE candidates than the number of seats there will EITHER be an election as part of the parish meeting (see Step 4) OR the meeting could decide to defer the election for two weeks (see Step 5).
Either the candidates, or the people proposing them, will speak briefly about why they should be elected.
The vote at the parish meeting is by secret ballot. You will be given a voting slip if you are on the electoral roll.
The vote will be counted and announced on the night.
If seven or more of the electors at the Parish Meeting raise their hands in favour, the election will be deferred for two weeks until Wednesday 9 February. Delaying the election means that a polling station(s) are set up and anyone in the parish who is on the electoral roll can vote, not just those at the meeting.
A new notice will appear in the Gazette Officielle listing the candidates, the location of the polling station(s) and the opening hours.
Candidates can campaign for votes just like a general election.
Voting has to be in person, there's no postal voting in parish elections.
The vote will be counted after the polls have closed and announced later that night.