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Anyone can go to a parish meeting but only those on the electoral roll can vote in the elections.
If there are the same number of candidates as the number of seats, there will be speeches but an election won't be needed and the candidates will be appointed to the roles they have stood for there and then.
If there are MORE candidates than the number of seats (applies to St Peter Port plus a School Committee in the Vale) 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.
*Different parishes have their own ways of running their parish meetings. If you want to know the format in advance, contact your parish clerk.
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 16 November. 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.
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