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Councillor Vacancy

Councillor Vacancy

Eckington Parish Councillor Vacancy

Process to fill a vacancy

  • The Parish Council will notify the Proper Officer of the vacancy.
  • The Proper Officer will send the Parish Council a notice, which they have a duty to display for 14 working days, telling residents about the vacancy.

An election will be called if ten residents, who are registered to vote in the area where the vacancy has arisen, write to the Returning Officer asking that an election be held. The request must come from ten electors within the South Ward of the Parish of Eckington.

What happens if an election is not called?

The Parish Council is notified by the District Council that an election has not been called and that the vacancy may be filled by co-option, the following procedure will apply:

The Parish Council will post a notice on its notice boards advertising the vacancies. The notice will also include the closing date for all expressions of interest to be received.

When the applications have been received, the Parish Clerk will consider the application letter(s). If the applicant is:

  • not disqualified they may be co-opted on to the Parish Council.
  • if there is more than one applicant, then the decision will be decided by a vote.

Eligibility for office

To qualify for election as a Parish Councillor, and to hold this position, an applicant must be:

A British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union and on the relevant day (the day of nomination or election) have reached 18 years of age or over. They must also meet at least one of these four qualifications:

  • on the relevant day and thereafter they continue to be on the electoral register for the Parish
  • during the whole of the twelve months before that day, they have owned or tenanted land or premises in the parish
  • during the whole of the twelve months before that day their principal or only place of work has been in the parish
  • during the whole of the twelve months before that day, they have lived in the parish or within 4.8km (3 miles) of the parish boundary.

Posted: Fri, 16 Jul 2021 09:00 by Roz Bullimore

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