North Kesteven has the following tiers of local government:
- Lincolnshire County Council
- North Kesteven District Council
- Town and Parish Councils
Local Government election timetable dates
|Activity ||Date / Time |
|Publication of notice of election ||Not later than the twenty fifth day before the day of election |
|Delivery of nomination papers ||Not later than 4pm on the nineteenth day before the day of election |
|Delivery of notices of withdrawals ||Not later than 4pm on the nineteenth day before the day of election |
|Notification of appointment of election agent ||Not later than 4pm on the nineteenth day before the day of election |
|Publication of statement of persons nominated ||Not later than 4pm on the eighteenth day before the day of election |
|Notice of poll ||Not later than the sixth day before the day of election |
|Polling day ||Between 7am and 10pm on the day of election |
When do these elections take place?
Elections to Lincolnshire County Council, North Kesteven District Council and all Town and Parish Councils within the district take place every 4 years. All local government elections within North Kesteven are ‘all-out’ elections, ie all the positions for councillors are elected at the same time.
The last Lincolnshire County Council elections took place on 6 May 2021. Scheduled District and Town/Parish Council elections always take place on the same date and were last held in May 2019. The next elections are scheduled to take place on 4 May 2023.
Results of previous elections.
What are the local government election areas within North Kesteven?
Lincolnshire County Council
Lincolnshire County Councillors represent an electoral area called a county division. There are 70 county divisions for Lincolnshire, 11 of which are within the North Kesteven district, and these came into force following a review of county divisions in 2016.
Details of the current Lincolnshire County Councillors representing the North Kesteven area.
North Kesteven District Council
North Kesteven District Councillors represent an electoral area called a district ward. There are 43 district wards within North Kesteven and the wards are represented by 1, 2 or 3 councillors depending on their size. These are known as single-member, two member or three member wards respectively, with the latter two also being called multi-member wards.
The current wards have recently been reviewed by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England and the review is now complete. New district wards will take effect at the elections to be held in 2023. More details regarding the electoral review.
Details of the current North Kesteven District Councillors.
Parish and Town Councils
There are 58 Parish Councils and 2 Town Councils (serving Sleaford and North Hykeham) within the North Kesteven area. More details regarding Parish Council elections.
Who can vote at local Government elections?
To vote at local elections you must be registered to vote and:
- be 18 or over on the day of the election - "polling day"
- be a British, Irish, qualifying Commonwealth or EU citizen
- be resident at an address in England or Wales
- not be legally excluded from voting
How is a County or District Councillor elected?
Councillors are elected using the First Past the Post system, where the candidate that receives the most votes is elected. For County Council elections each elector can vote for only one of the candidates standing in their division and this is the same for single-member district wards at District Council elections. In 2 or 3 multi-member district wards electors can vote for 2 or 3 candidates respectively and the candidates that receive the most votes will be elected to fill the available seats.
Who can stand for election as a County or District Councillor?
Any person who wishes to stand as a councillor must submit nomination papers during the relevant period, which will be set out in the election timetable.
Important information for prospective candidates and agents can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website.
Qualifications for standing as a candidate
To be able to stand as a candidate at a local government election in England and Wales you must:
- be at least 18 years old on the day of your nomination
- be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth Citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union
- meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
- You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the local authority area (i.e. county or district) in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Disqualifications from standing as a candidate
Apart from meeting the qualifications for standing for election, you must also not be disqualified from standing. There are certain people who are disqualified from being elected to a local authority in England and Wales.
You cannot be a candidate if at the time of your nomination and on the day of the election:
- You are employed by the local authority or hold a paid office under the authority (including joint boards or committees). Note that you may be ‘employed by the local authority’, for example, if you work at certain schools, fire services, police or health services. This list is not exhaustive.
- You hold a politically restricted post.
- You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order.
- You 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.
- You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations) or following a decision of the First-tier Tribunal.
More information regarding the role and work of County Councillors.
More information regarding the role and work of District Councillors.
More detailed information for voters, candidates and agents regarding forthcoming elections and referendum dates.
More information on types of elections and who can vote.
For any more information please read the Electoral Commission’s guidance.
Find out here who your current local District or County Councillor is.