Sleaford Town Council - Castle Ward By-Election – 11 November 2021

An election has been called to fill the vacancy in the Castle Ward of Sleaford Town Council.  This election will be held on 11 November 2021 and, if contested, will be combined with the District Council by-election for the Sleaford Castle Ward. More information on that election can be found on the district elections webpage. 

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 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 Sleaford Town Castle Ward 
  • 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 parish 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 parish. 
    • d) You have lived in the parish or within three miles of it 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.

Statement of Persons Nominated

The Returning Officer is required to publish a Statement of Persons Nominated after the close of nominations and by 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.

Campaigning

As with national elections, you and your campaigners should also have regard to the Electoral Commission's Code of Conduct for Campaigners, 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 in this election, 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 this election if you are registered in the Sleaford Castle Ward.

The deadline to register for the election 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 this election. 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 this election. 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 this election. 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 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 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 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 ward will be open between 7am and 10pm on 11 November. 

Further information on Voting safely.

Declaration of Results