Candidates at local elections are sometimes unfamiliar with the procedures. Here are a few notes which may be of assistance.
To be eligible for election to a county council, a borough council or parish council, a person MUST:
(a) have occupied (as owner or tenant) any land or premises in the appropriate area; OR
(b) have had their principle or only place of work during those 12 months in the appropriate area; OR
(c) have, during those 12 months, lived in the appropriate area; OR
(d) (for parish councils only) have lived within 4.8 kilometres (three miles) of the parish.
Each candidate must be nominated by a separate nomination paper which must be delivered to the returning officer, town hall, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3BT, by the date shown in the timetable.
The nomination paper must be signed by two electors for the appropriate area (as the case may be), as proposer and seconder. A nomination paper for a county and borough election must also be signed by eight other such electors as assentors. Parish council nominations require only a proposer and seconder. All signatories must be electors for the county division ward, parish or parish ward for which the candidate is standing, and must be of an age to vote at the election.
A candidate need not give a description, but any description given must not be more than 6 words long. It may be of either a personal or political nature.
As part of the nomination process, candidates at borough and parish council elections will be invited to sign the Local Election Compact for Amber Valley. View a copy of the Compact.
The candidate must give his/her consent in writing on, or one month before, the last day for delivery of nomination papers.
If a candidate uses a description relating to a registered political party, the nomination paper must be accompanied by a certificate issued by or on behalf of the registered nominating officer of the party.
A candidate may withdraw his/her candidature by a written notice signed by the candidate in the presence of a witness who must also sign the notice. The notice must be delivered to the returning officer within the timetable.
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