- LEGAL CODIFICATION
Greater codification of electoral rules and procedures, either via amending existing election law or via enacting a new omnibus election law, could be considered, in order to ensure that there is certainty and consistency in the law and that it applies equally to all concerned.
- ELECTIONS BODY
A permanent dedicated elections body should be constituted so that institutional knowledge and expertise can be embedded in the Guernsey electoral system. This body could provide continuous electoral oversight, including oversight of candidate and voter registration, political parties and campaign finance.
- VOTER REGISTRATION
Formal processes of voter registration could be introduced as part of an ongoing rolling process of registration. Voter registration could be done as part of any annual engagement that residents have with the state, such as filing tax returns.
- RIGHT TO STAND
Consider removing the provision in Article 8 of the Reform (Guernsey) Law, 1948, which disqualifies voters who have been sentenced to imprisonment for a period of six months or more, from eligibility to become a People’s Deputy.
- OVERSIGHT OF POLITICAL PARTIES
Political parties should be subject to oversight, and their finances should be evaluated on an annual basis. Individual candidates’ pre-election fundraising and expenditure should also be assessed and recorded. Reporting should not be onerous but simply conducted by the production of evidence.
- CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURE
Boundaries of pre-election and annual expenditure should be clearly defined. The limitations of expenditure outside the formal period of nominated candidature could be within similar boundaries to those defined for the election period, except with no additional public subsidy.
- POLLING STATION STAFF
The recruitment process for polling station staff should be open and publicly advertised, and increased training for polling station staff should be considered.
- VOTE COUNT
The number of ballot papers cast should be verified at the start of the vote count. Adding an additional verification step should also be explored, namely the verification of the total number of votes cast.