Wiltshire Association of Local Councils – FAQs – Elections v1 25.02.21
Candidates need to have two subscribers (a proposer and a seconder) and will need to advise them that they will require their Electoral Register number and how it will be used (for GDPR purposes). This information will be in the nomination form and candidate pack. Nomination papers have to be delivered in person. Wiltshire Council is encouraging appointments to do this and has created a booking system see www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections-town-parish for details. Will a poll take place for the local council election? It depends. If, by 8 th April only the same number, or fewer candidates than there are seats on the council have been nominated, they will be elected unopposed. If there are more candidates than there are seats on the council it will go to the poll on 6 th May. How is the current Coronavirus situation affecting the elections? Government has produced a polls’ delivery plan which can be read at www.gov.uk/government/publications/may-2021-polls-delivery-plan and each principal authority is putting plans in place for the safety of polling stations and the count. With the current situation in mind, councils may wish to encourage their electorate to vote by post. Residents can be directed to: Swindon Borough Council – voting by post and Wiltshire Council – voting by post Wiltshire Council also has a video about this on its YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7nLOlG23ic On 26 th February, the Government issued guidance on how political parties, candidates, agents and campaigners can undertake COVID-secure campaigning activity for the May 2021 polls. Visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/the - governments-approach-to-elections-and-referendums-during-covid-19 to read the guidance. How do we hold our Annual Meeting of the Council? There is a sunset clause in The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 meaning that the regulations shall cease to have effect after 7 th May 2021. This means that, at the time of writing, unless there is an extension to these regulations to allow remote meetings to continue, meetings will need to be held in person. WALC will provide any update to this, should it be received. What is the role for local council clerks, chief executives, and officers? You will be sent information by the principal authority which will need to be displayed (noticeboards and websites). This includes the publication of notice of