Wiltshire Association of Local Councils – FAQs – Elections v1 25.02.21
Within 14 days of the new council taking office, the annual meeting of the council must be held. The first business of this meeting is the appointment of Chairman. By 7 th June. All new councillors must have completed their registration of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests. Other dates are included in the timetable at the above link. Can anyone be elected to a local council? To be able to stand for election (or co-option) to a local council, an individual must meet certain qualifications (by law). They must be: Over 18 and a UK, Commonwealth, ROI, or EU Citizen and An elector for the parish, or For the last 12 months, have occupied land or premises in the parish, or Work in the parish (principal or only place of work), or Live within 3 miles of the parish boundary Someone cannot stand for election, if at the time of their nomination and on polling day: They are employed by the parish/community council or hold a paid office under the parish/community council (including joint boards or committees). They are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order. They have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day. They have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1 9 8 3 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations). a person has been reported guilty by an election court or convicted and lasts for five years. How are candidates nominated? There is guidance for candidates and nomination forms at www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-council- elections-england Candidates should also be advised to check the relevant principal authority website: www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20073/elections_and_voting/937/forthcoming_elec tions www.wiltshire.gov.uk/Elections-2021