Elections May 2nd 2019

DERBYSHIRE DALES DISTRICT COUNCIL
NOTICE OF ELECTION
ELECTION OF 5 (FIVE) PARISH COUNCILLORS
FOR HOLLINGTON
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT:
1. An Election is to be held for 5 (FIVE) PARISH COUNCILLORS for the HOLLINGTON parish.
2. Nomination forms are available from the Returning Officer, Derbyshire Dales District Council,
Town Hall, Matlock DE4 3NN and can be:
– downloaded from www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/elections2019
– requested by phoning the Election Helpline on 01629 761335 (9am–5pm)
– collected from The Town Hall, Matlock DE4 3NN (9am – 5pm)

3. Nomination papers must be delivered by hand to the Returning Officer, Derbyshire Dales
District Council, Level 3 Meeting Room, Town Hall, Matlock DE4 3NN between the hours of
10.00am and 4.00pm on any working day from the date of this notice, but not later than
4.00pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.
4. (Appointments for delivery of nominations are available from 01629 761335).
Nominations will also be accepted at:
Ashbourne Town Hall, Market Place, Ashbourne, DE6 1ES
between 10.00am and 4pm on Friday 22 March 2019
Conference Room, Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell DE45 1AH between 10am
and 4.00pm on Monday 25 March 2019

5. If an election is contested the poll will take place on the Thursday 2 May 2019.
6. Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration officer by 12 midnight
on Friday 12 April 2019. Applications can be made online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
7. New applications to vote by post and requests to cancel or change an existing postal or
proxy vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Derbyshire Dales District Council,
Town Hall, Matlock DE4 3NN by 5 pm on Monday 15 April 2019
8. Applications to vote by proxy must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Derbyshire
Dales District Council, Town Hall, Matlock DE4 3NN by 5 pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019
9. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on the grounds of physical
incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at
Derbyshire Dales District Council, Town Hall, Matlock DE4 3NN by 5 p.m. on 2 May 2019.
The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019. To
apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they
cannot go to the polling station in person after 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019.
DATED: 19 March 2019 Paul Wilson
RETURNING OFFICER

 

Notes and Guidance

 

Elections 2019

If anyone is interested in standing for the Parish Council in the upcoming elections just a reminder that all parish seats will be up for election on 2nd May. Any existing Members, who wish to continue, will have to stand for election alongside any new candidates.

In order to maintain impartiality, as Parish Clerk, I cannot assist sitting or prospective members with their applications, and, therefore, I am unable to supply nomination packs to interested parties.  Those who wish to stand can download nomination packs from Derbyshire Dales website at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/elections2019

All confirmed candidates are invited to attend a briefing on Tuesday 9 April 2019, at Matlock Town Hall at 6.00pm to review some election do’s and don’ts and outline the counting arrangements.

Councillors Duties and Responsibilities

I attach a copy of the Good Councillors guide which outlines the duties and responsibilities of a Councillor and may help you in making up your mind about whether you wish to stand

Nominations

The Returning Officer will accept nominations at Matlock Town Hall

18 March – 3 April (between 10am and 4pm)

At the Agricultural Business Centre Bakewell

Friday 22 March – 2pm – 4pm

Monday 25 March – 10am – 12 noon

 

At Ashbourne Town Hall

Friday 22 March – 10 am – 12 noon

Monday 25 March – 2pm – 4pm

 

Whilst not mandatory, candidates are strongly advised to make an appointment during the above times, by calling 01629 761335, to avoid delay and to allow the Returning Officer and her staff to carry out an informal check of the nomination so that any errors or omissions can be rectified prior to formal submission.

Purdah

This is the (unofficial) name for the period between the publication of the Notice of Election and the election itself.  In general terms it means that the Council, its current Members and employees should avoid conducting any business, or generating any publicity that could be construed as promoting any political party or individual.  Controversial decisions should be avoided and existing Members cannot not use Council resources to promote their campaigns for re-election or their political group.

Register of Electors

Nominations will be based on the Register of Electors published on 1 March. Prospective candidates will be able to check whether they and their proposer and seconder are registered in the relevant area by calling our helpline on 01629 761335 (office hours).  Candidates will be able to request their own copy of the register when validly nominated.

 

General Information re seeking nomination as a Parish Councillor

Parish Council Local Elections

Nomination paper

Every candidate must submit a Nomination Paper. This must be signed by two local government electors for the parish in which you wish to stand; a proposer and a seconder. The Nomination Paper must be delivered before the date given on the Notice of Election.

Consent to Nomination

Your nomination is not valid unless you submit a Consent to Nomination. You must sign a declaration to the effect that you accept the nomination proposed by others and that at the time of nomination you are qualified to stand, and the form must be attested by a witness.

There are no formal qualifications needed to become a councillor. However, to stand validly nominated you must fulfil a number of legal requirements:

Legal Requirements

To be qualified to become a candidate for election as a Parish Councillor, you must be:

  • 18 years of age or over at the date of nomination
  • a commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European Union,
  • and be registered to vote the parish you seek to represent
  • or have resided in the Parish or within 3 miles (4.8km) of it during the previous 12 months
  • or have lived, worked or occupied land as an owner or tenant within the Parish for the previous 12 months

You cannot stand as a candidate if

  • you are bankrupt or
  • if you have been sentenced to imprisonment of 3 months in the last 5 years

(Please Note that the above is only a general statement of the qualifications and disqualifications for holding office and you are advised to check the details further. These can be found printed in full on the Consent to Nomination form)