North Kesteven District Council - Metheringham Ward and Sleaford Castle Ward By-Elections – 11 November 2021

Elections have been called to fill the two vacancies in the Metheringham Ward and the vacancy in the Sleaford Castle Ward of North Kesteven District Council.  These elections will be held on 11 November 2021 and will be combined with a by-election for a vacancy in the Castle Ward of Sleaford Town Council and a by-election for three vacancies on Nocton Parish Council, if these are contested. More information on those elections can be found on their separate webpages.

Nominations will open on Thursday 7 October 2021, and anyone wanting to stand for election needs to submit nomination papers by 4pm on Friday 15 October 2021.

The key election dates are explained further below.  

Notice of Election

A notice of election for each District Ward will be published on Thursday 7 October 2021. 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.

Becoming a Candidate

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 and seconded by two electors from the district 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 parish 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 and resources.

Anyone considering standing as a candidate or an agent is strongly advised to read the Electoral Commission’s guidance and resources.

Nominations

If you intend to stand as a candidate you must complete a nomination paper, home address form, consent to nomination and any other relevant forms contained in the nomination pack.  A printed nomination pack can be requested from Electoral Services at North Kesteven District Council by contacting 01529 308352 or emailing elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk 

Copies are also available to download from the Electoral Commission’s guidance and resources webpages.

Nomination papers must be completed and hand delivered to the Returning Officer by the candidate or their representative no later than 4pm on Friday 15 October 2021. Nominations may be submitted between 10am – 4pm on any working day from Thursday 7 October to Friday 15 October 2021. 

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. Whilst the other necessary documents may be sent by post it is clearly desirable for all documentation to be delivered with the nomination if at all possible.

Due to the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 pandemic, you will need to make an appointment to submit your formal nomination paper and anyone arriving without an appointment may be required to wait until a free time slot becomes available. Appointments can be arranged by calling 01529 308352 or emailing elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk

It is also strongly recommended that you try to organise the submission of the nomination ahead of the last day if at all possible. The last appointment time will be 3:30pm on Friday 15 October.

Anyone wishing to have an informal check of nomination papers prior to formal submission can email them to elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk

If you are interested in standing as a candidate and would like some advice or information, then, please contact Electoral Services on 01529 308352 or email  elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk

Campaigning

As with national elections, you and your campaigners should also have regard to the Electoral Commission's Code of Conduct for Campaigners Code of conduct for campaigners last revised Dec 2015, which outlines what is, and what is not, acceptable behaviour at polling stations and in the community during the lead up to polling day.

If you are planning to be a Candidate or Agent in these elections, please contact us as soon as possible on elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk providing your full name, contact telephone number and contact email address. This information will be added to our distribution list so, as relevant information becomes available, it can be sent to you.  If you do not already have an email address, you are advised to set one up if possible. The timetable is tight and, if you are relying on information coming to you in the post, you may miss a critical deadline.

The Register of Electors

You can only vote in these elections if your name is on the Register of Electors for the Metheringham and Sleaford Castle Wards respectively.

The Metheringham ward covers the parishes of:

  • Blankney
  • Dunston
  • Metheringham
  • Nocton

The deadline to register for the elections is midnight on Tuesday 26 October 2021. If you are already registered to vote at your current address, then there is no need to register again for these elections. If you have not registered or have recently moved into the district or perhaps have moved within the area, then the easiest way is to register to vote online. If you are not sure if you are registered you can call us on 01529 414155 to check. 

Further information can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website in the section for Voters: Voter | Electoral Commission

Postal 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 by 5pm on Wednesday 27 October 2021 if it is to be effective for these elections.  Alternatively, completed application forms can be scanned and returned by email to elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk by this deadline.

If you are granted a postal vote, you will NOT be able to vote in person at these elections. Please email elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk or telephone Customer Services on 01529 414155 to request a postal vote application form.  Postal vote forms can also be downloaded from Apply to vote by post | Electoral Commission.  Ensure you allow sufficient time to receive and return the postal vote application.

Cancellations or amendments to existing postal votes (for example to change the address voting papers are sent to) must also be received by 5pm on Wednesday 27 October 2021.

Find out more about postal voting.

Further information can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website in the section for Voters: Apply to vote by post | Electoral Commission.

Proxy Voting

Amendments or cancellations of existing proxy vote arrangements must reach the Electoral Registration Officer in Sleaford by 5pm on Wednesday 27 October 2021.  

If you would like to appoint a proxy (someone to vote on your behalf), you will need to complete a proxy vote application form. New proxy applications must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer at North Kesteven District Council offices in Sleaford before 5pm on Wednesday 3 November 2021 to be effective for these elections.  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 Apply to vote by proxy | Electoral Commission or requested from the Council on 01529 414155.  

Applications to vote by emergency proxy, where the emergency has occurred after 5:00pm on Wednesday 3 November 2021, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer's office in Sleaford by 5pm on Thursday 11th November 2021. 

The emergency can only be on the grounds of the elector's own physical/medical incapacity or for work/service reasons. 

Find out more about voting by proxy Proxy voting.

Further information can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website in the section for Voters: Apply to vote by proxy | Electoral Commission. 

Voting in Person

Anyone who is registered and does not currently have a postal or proxy vote arrangement set up will be sent a poll card in the next few weeks, giving details of their polling station. 

Polling stations within the wards will be open between 7am and 10pm on 11 November. 

Further information on voting safely.

Statement of Persons Nominated

The Returning Officer is required to publish a Statement of Persons Nominated for each ward, after the close of nominations and no later than 4pm on Monday 18 October 2021 (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 for each ward no later than Friday 15 October 2021 (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 to the downloads when the document is available) no later than Wednesday 3 November 2021. This notice gives details of the validly nominated candidates and the polling stations used for this election.     

Declaration of Results