Elections for the Borough Council are held in May every 4 years. The next scheduled elections will be held in May 2015. By-Elections are held if a ward Councillor resigns, dies or is disqualified, and 2 electors for that ward request that one is held. The Borough needs enthusiastic and capable people to come forward as candidates to serve their community. The information below explains how to become a candidate and aims to clear any doubts about procedure and the statutory timetable.
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Who can be a Councillor?
To stand for election you must be at least 18 years old and a British, Commonwealth or Irish citizen or a citizen of another member state of the European Union. You must also be on the electoral register for the Borough; or
- for all of the last year you must have lived in the Borough; or
- worked in the Borough during that time; or
- have occupied land or other premises in the Borough.
You cannot stand at an election if you are employed by the Borough, or you are bankrupt, or you have been given a prison sentence of 3 months or more (even if the sentence was suspended) in the last five years or you have been disqualified from standing by a court or tribunal. Please check if you have any doubts about your eligibility.
If you decide that you might like to stand as a candidate in an election, you should contact either the office of the Political Group you wish to represent or the Borough Council's election office to get details or a copy of the documents you will need.
You will receive the following documents:
- Nomination Paper
- Candidates' consent to nomination form
- Request to use Party Emblem (where appropriate)
- Election Timetable
- Candidates' Guide
Becoming a Candidate
The timetable is very important. The deadlines it gives are set by law and cannot be changed. The nomination paper and the consent to nomination form MUST be delivered to the Municipal Offices by the deadline given in the timetable.
To stand for election you need to complete a nomination paper and get signatures from a proposer, a seconder and 8 assentors from registered electors in the ward in which you are a candidate. You will need to put their electoral numbers on the form. These numbers are on the Register of Electors. You can ask your political group representative to let you see a copy of the Register of Electors. Staff in the Elections Office will help you with details of electors' numbers etc, if necessary. You must also complete the candidate's consent to nomination form, sign it and have it witnessed.
You can only stand as a candidate for a political party if you have the written permission of the party. The Political party must be registered with the Electoral Commission. (www.electoralcommission.org.uk)
However, you do not need to have any connection to a political party to stand. If you stand as an Independent candidate, you are restricted as to how you can describe yourself on the nomination paper. Please contact the Council's Electoral Services staff for advice.
The Election Campaign
Should you wish to promote your campaign by publishing leaflets, you should bear in mind that you must include on any publication the names of the printer and the publisher. Failure to do so is an offence under election law and may lead to penalties.As a candidate, you must declare how much money you have spent on the conduct of your campaign. This is currently £600 plus 5p per entry on the Register of Electors for the ward in which you are standing for election. A return and declaration of expenses, even if none are incurred, must be forwarded to the Returning Officer after the election by all candidates.
What Happen's if you are Elected?
If you are successful, you will become a Councillor four days after polling day. The Head of Democratic and Legal Services will contact you with details of meetings, etc, and to arrange to complete the Declaration of Acceptance of Office, which you must sign before you can take your seat on the Council. When you become a Councillor, you agree to serve your local community and never to put your own interests first.Booklets are available from Kettering Borough Council and the Electoral Commission which will help you in your new role.
People to contact at the Municipal Offices for advice and assistance are as follows:-
Ian White (Electoral Services Manager with responsibility for elections)
Tel: Kettering 534200
orHeather Jackson (Electoral Services Officer)
Tel: Kettering 534353
Pages in Local Elections
- 1. You are here: Borough Elections
- 2. Town and Parish Elections