Billinghay, Martin and North Kyme By-Election – 13 June 2019

Billinghay, Martin and North Kyme Ward

An election to fill the vacancy for one seat for the Billinghay, Martin and North Kyme Ward of North Kesteven District Council has been called.

Two District Councillors represent constituents for this ward. However, for the elections held on 2 May 2019 only one nomination form was submitted, therefore one seat remains vacant.

The candidates for this election can be viewed on the Statement of Persons Nominated. The poll will take place on Thursday 13 June between 7am and 10pm.

The key election dates are explained below and the election timetableis available to download. 

Notice of Election

A notice of election was issued for the District Ward of Billinghay, Martin and North Kyme on Wednesday 8 May 2019. The Notice of Election publicises the election that is to be held and gives the date by which prospective candidates must submit a nomination paper.

The notice of electioncan be downloaded and viewed.

Becoming a Candidate

If you intend to stand as a candidate you must complete a nomination paper, consent to nomination and any other relevant forms contained in the candidates’ nomination pack. A nomination pack is available from Electoral Services or can be downloaded from the Electoral Commission’s website(in the resources sections for Part 2a or Part 2b).

Delivery of the Nomination Paper, Home Address Form and Consent to Nomination must be by hand, and can be by the candidate or their representative. These must be completed and hand delivered to the Returning Officer no later than 4pm on Thursday 16 May 2019. 

It is recommended that an appointment is made for the delivery of the nomination. This can be made by calling 01529 308238 or emailing elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk. Office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Friday.

Anyone considering standing as a candidate is strongly advised to read guidance and information provided by the Electoral Commission.

Many people choose to stand in local elections as a representative of a political party, but individuals can stand in their own right as an ‘independent’. To stand as a councillor you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union
  • be nominated, seconded and supported by eight other electors from the ward you want to stand in. (The parishes contained in the ward are detailed below under Register of Electors).
  • and meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

    a) You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.

    b) You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

    c) Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the local authority area.

    d) You have lived in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election. 

In addition to these qualifications, you must ensure that you are not disqualified from standing. Please refer to the Electoral Commission’s guidance on qualifications and disqualifications.

If you are interested in standing as a candidate and would like some advice or information, then, please contact Electoral Services on (01529) 308238. 

The Register of Electors

You can only vote if your name is on the Register of Electors for the Billinghay, Martin and North Kyme Ward.

This ward covers the parishes of:

  • Billinghay
  • Dogdyke
  • Martin
  • North Kyme
  • Timberland
  • Walcott

If you are not already registered to vote, you will need to complete and return a voter registration form by Tuesday 28 May 2019. The quickest way to register to vote is online at Gov.uk.

Postal and Proxy Voting

If you would like to vote by post, you will need to complete a postal vote application form and the Electoral Registration Officer must receive your application at North Kesteven District Council offices in Sleaford before 5pm on Wednesday 29 May 2019 if it is to be effective for this election. Alternatively, completed application forms can be scanned and returned by email to  elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk.

If you are granted a postal vote, you will NOT be able to vote in person at this election. Please email customer_services@n-kesteven.gov.ukor telephone Customer Services 01529 414155to request a postal vote application form. Postal vote forms can also be downloaded from the  Your Vote Matters website. Ensure you allow sufficient time to receive and return the postal vote application.

If you would like to appoint a proxy (someone to vote on your behalf), you will need to complete a proxy vote application form. The Electoral Registration Officer must receive your application at North Kesteven District Council offices in Sleaford before 5pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019 if it is to be effective for this election. Alternatively, completed application forms can be scanned and returned by email to elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk.

If you have appointed a proxy to vote in person for you, you can still vote yourself, but ONLY if your proxy has not already voted on your behalf and not voted by post on your behalf. Proxy vote application forms can be downloaded from the  Your Vote Matters website or requested from the Council on  01529 414155

The main batch of postal votes for this election will be dispatched around 25th May. 

Statement of Persons Nominated

The Returning Officer is required to publish a Statement of Persons Nominated no later than 4pm on Friday 17 May 2019 (this will be added to the downloads tab when available).

Please Note: The candidates for the election will not be known until this time. We do not have any details or information about any candidates standing for this election. It is the responsibility of candidates to provide and circulate their own election material as part of their election campaign.

Notice of Election Agents

The Returning Officer is required to publish a Notice of Election Agents no later than Thursday 16 May 2019 (this will be added to the downloads tab when available).

Notice of Poll (includes polling stations)

The Returning Officer is required to publish a Notice of Poll (which will be added automatically when the document is available) no later than Wednesday 5 June 2019. This notice gives details of the validly nominated candidates and the polling stations used for this election.

Declaration of Results

The Count will take place upon close of poll on Thursday 13 June 2019. The Returning Officer will publish a Declaration of Result of Poll which will be added automatically when the document is available.