Tuesday 29th September 2020
Quorn Parish Council Elections
The Nature of a Local Council
A local, or Parish Council is composed of a chairman and councillors.
The number of councillors is fixed by the district council. In England
it must not be less than five. If a local council resolves to call itself
the town council the chairman is entitled to be called the mayor.
Eligibility for office
A person is qualified to stand for office if he/she is a British subject
or citizen of the Irish Republic or other Euronational, is over 21, and
is an elector. In addition he/she will be qualified if he/she has either
during the whole of the twelve months before the day on which he is nominated
as a candidate, or the day of the election, resided in the parish or
within 3 miles of it or occupied as owner or tenant any land or premises
therein or had his/her principal place of work there. One effect of these
rules is that it is possible to be a member of more than one local council.
How to Attain Office
A suitably qualified person may become a member of a local council in five different ways. These are:
Each candidate must be nominated on a separate nomination
paper stating his/her full name, place of residence and description.
officer (appointed by the district council) must supply nomination papers
and prepare them for signature on request. Each nomination paper must
be signed by a proposer and seconder (subscribers) who must be electors
for the locality or, if it is divided into wards, of the relevant ward
for which the candidate is nominated. A nomination is void unless the
candidate consents in writing.
A bye-election of the whole council can occur when a local council comes
into existence in some year other than the year in which district councillor
for the locality is elected, and when an entire election is declared
void and lastly when a new election is ordered by the district council
under its ‘reserve power’.
A casual vacancy is deemed to have occurred:
After the vacancy has been declared, it must be publicly notified in the usual manner. If a poll is claimed by ten electors a bye-election takes place within 60 days of the notice of vacancy. If not poll is claimed in time, the council fills the vacancy by co-option as soon as is practicable. It must do this, if the period of vacancy has six months or more to run. It may, but is not bound to do so, if less.
The Reserve Powers of the District Council
A district council has far-reaching powers designed to prevent such breakdowns as may result from a local council being improperly constituted in the first instance for reasons other than shortage of candidates or the abandonment of a poll, or from its becoming unable to act at a later stage.