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Become a Councillor
Councillor Vacancy and Co-
This section provides some basic information on the role of community and how to become a councillor.
1. Introduction This policy sets out the procedure to ensure there is compliance with legislation and continuity of procedures in the co-
If a by-
If more than one candidate is then nominated a by-
If ten residents do not request a ballot within fourteen days of the vacancy notice being posted, as advised by the Powys County Council, the Council is able to co-
3. Confirmation of Co-
The Council is not obliged to fill any vacancy. Even if the Council invites applications for co-
However, it is not desirable that electors in a particular ward be left partially or full underrepresented for a significant length of time. Neither does it contribute to effective and efficient working of the Council if there are insufficient councillors to share the workload; equitably; to provide a broad cross-
Councillors elected by co-
4. Eligibility of Candidates the Council is able to consider any person to fill a vacancy provided that:
• He/she is an elector for the community; or
• has resided in the community for the past twelve months or rented/tenanted land or other premises in the community; or
• had his/her principal place of work in the community; or
• has lived within three miles (direct) of the community. There are certain disqualification's for election, of which the main are (see 5. 80 of the Local Government Act 1972):
• holding a paid office under the local authority;
• having been sentenced to a term of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) of not less than three months, without the option of a
fine during the five years preceding the election; and
• being disqualified under any enactment relating to corrupt or illegal practices.
Candidates found to be offering inducements of any kind will be disqualified.
5. Applications Members may point out the vacancies and the process to any qualifying candidate(s).
Following receipt of applications, the next suitable council meeting will have an agenda item 'To receive written applications for the office of community councillor and to Co-
Candidates will be sent a full agenda of the meeting at which they are to be considered for appointment. Candidates will also be informed that they will be invited to speak about their application at the meeting.
At the Co-
At the co-
As soon as all candidates have finished giving their submissions, the council will proceed to a vote. The vote will be recorded so as to show whether each Councillor present and voting gave his/her vote for or against that question.
In order for a candidate to be elected to the Council, it will be necessary for them to obtain an absolute majority of votes cast (50% + 1 of the votes available at the meeting). If there are more than two candidates and there is no candidate with an overall majority in the first round of voting the candidate with the least number of votes will drop out of the process. Further rounds of voting will then take place with the process repeated until a candidate has an absolute majority. In the case of an equality of votes, the Chairman of the meeting has a second of casting vote.
After the votes has been concluded, the Chairman will declare the successful candidate duly elected and after signing their declaration of acceptance of office, may take their seat immediately.
The Clerk will notify Electoral Services of the new Councillor appointment. The successful candidate(s) must complete the ‘registration of interests’ within 28 days of being elected. The form should be handed to the Clerk for forwarding to the Monitoring Officer.
If insufficient candidates come forward for co-
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