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How to get elected to the States of Guernsey
Deputy John Gollop
Deputy Gollop said a big part of getting elected was being well known

Every four years a general election is held to determine the deputies that sit in the States of Guernsey.

But if you want to stand for deputy, what is the best way of actually getting elected?

2008's St Peter Port North poll topper Deputy John Gollop said it was all about being known and having policies.

Deputy Rhoderick Matthews summed up what many said about campaigning: "You should be honest, be sincere and contact as many people as possible."

Deputy Gollop explained that he had become known by attending as many events in his district as he can. He also said: "I make a habit of walking around town everyday."

As well as getting your face known you need to get your name known too and Deputy Gollop said there were several ways of doing this from owning your own self named business to appearing on radio phone-in programmes or writing letters to the opinion pages in the newspaper.

However he pointed out that radio and newspaper appearances can be "a mixed blessing" as some people come out of it with "a reputation for being a whinger".

Deputy Mary Lowe
Deputy Lowe said if you want to be a deputy you have to do your homework

Deputy Jack Honeybill was of the opinion that getting elected was about credibility and heading out and talking to people in your district or parish which is a sentiment Deputy David De Lisle echoed.

As a longstanding member of the States, Deputy Mary Lowe said becoming a deputy took doing "your homework". She said people hoping to get elected should "sit in the public gallery and talk to existing States members".

However, she said that your motivation for standing was just as important: "If you feel passionate about the island and the way forward for it, then do consider standing."

Deputy Matt Fallaize
Deputy Fallaize spent more than 180 canvassing in the run up to the election

Deputy Matt Fallaize was the youngest deputy elected to the States in the 2008 election and he put a lot of his success down to the 180 hours he spent canvassing in his parish, a lot of this was in the evening, he said: "Parishioners want to see the candidates they're being asked to vote for... canvas people as much as possible when they're in."

He also said that it was important to know how the States worked and that was something that could be learnt by sitting in on States meetings. Deputy Fallaize said: "Come and sit in the chamber and see what it's all about, understand the rules of procedure, the way policies are proposed and the way we elect members to boards."

Learning how the States work was something that Roy Bisson from the Workers Educational Association (WEA) also said was important and is something the WEA teach on a course designed to brief potential politicians "on what happens in the States and how they run their finances".

Roy explained the aim of the course was to "build better deputies" and he said: "Knowledge is never a bad thing for a States member."

Tony Webber is a man who has won and lost elections in Guernsey over the years and he said the key to getting elected is "to be very confident and do your research properly".

He said, "It's great to win because you feel the electorate is behind you," but, "You've got to be prepared to lose... I'm very analytical and if I lose I generally know the reason why".

A major part of getting elected, Tony explained, was "picking the right district" to stand in and he said, "do everything everyone advises you to do", but to remember, "everyone gets elected for different reasons".




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