In accordance with The Government of Alderney Law, 2004, the States of Alderney shall hold elections every two years or appoint a day, not earlier than the 14th November and not later than the 14th December in that year (or such other dates as the States may appoint by Ordinance) on which an Ordinary Election shall be held for the purpose of electing members of the States in place of the members whose terms of office expire in that year.
If a casual vacancy occurs among the members, the States shall appoint a day not later than 3 months after the vacancy occurs on which there shall be held a By-Election, unless the vacancy occurs on or after the 1st July in the final year of office of the member whose office has become vacant, in which case the vacancy shall remain unfilled until the next Ordinary Election.
The States of Alderney shall further appoint a day every four years, in November of that year, on which an ordinary Presidential Election shall be held for the purpose of electing a President of the States in place of the President whose term of office expires in that year.
If a casual vacancy occurs in the office of President, the States shall appoint a day not later than 3 months after the vacancy occurs on which there shall be held a Presidential By-Election, unless the vacancy occurs more than 3 years and 6 months after the day of the preceding Ordinary Presidential Election, in which case the vacancy shall remain unfilled until the next Ordinary Presidential Election.
At an election held under The Government of Alderney Law, 2004 the Chief Executive of the States of Alderney shall be the returning officer and shall do all things necessary for effectually conducting the election in accordance with the law.
Residents that are registered on the Electoral Roll but will be absent from the Island on Election Day, have two alternatives open to them:-
(1) Postal Vote - Application forms can be obtained from the office of the Chief Executive. Please note that voting slips cannot be posted until they have been printed following the closure of the nomination process.
(2) Proxy Vote - Application forms can be obtained from the office of the Chief Executive. These allow a relative or friend that is registered on the electoral roll to be nominated to cast a vote on your behalf on election day.
Applications for both postal and proxy voting must be registered with the Chief Executive at least two days prior to the election.
Counting of Votes
Immediately after the end of polling hours, the votes are counted in the Anne French Room, Island Hall. It should be noted that according to the States of Alderney Election Procedure Ordinance, 1987 only the Returning Officer and his staff, the Jurats carrying out the count and each candidate (or his representative) may be present during the count. Anyone wishing to attend must seek the consent of the Returning Officer prior to Election Day. Unauthorised persons are not admitted.