Becoming a councillor
Who can become a Councillor and how do I apply?
Become a local councillor
As a local councillor you can become a voice for your community and make a real change. Councillors are community leaders and represent the interests of the communities they serve.
Local councillors have three main responsibilities:
- Decision making
- Getting involved locally
You may not become a Parish Councillor if:
- You are a paid employee of the Parish Council
- Within the previous five years you have been convicted of an offence and have been sentenced to not less than three months' imprisonment (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine
- Within the previous 12 months you have been subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order
- If you are subject to any enactment relating to corrupt or illegal practices.
Ordinary Parish Council elections take place every four years - usually on the first Thursday in May unless this clashes with a parliamentary general election. The next Parish Council election for Clanfield will be on Thursday 2 May 2019.
A Parish Councillor will serve for a period of four years if elected at an ordinary election unless they resign before the end of that period or become disqualified for any reason. If a vacancy occurs in between the scheduled four yearly elections, there may need to be an extra election to fill the vacant position.
If there are an insufficient number of valid candidates for an election to fill all of the vacancies on the Parish Council, all those who have been validly nominated are automatically elected as councillors.
When insufficient candidates are proposed for seats at an election, the council may choose someone to fill a vacancy through co-option.
|Publication of Notice of Election||Friday 22 March 2019|
|Receipt of Nominations||4:00 pm Wednesday 3 April 2019|
|Withdrawal of Candidate||4:00 pm Wednesday 3 April 2019|
|Appointment of Election Agents||4:00 pm Wednesday 3 April 2019|
|Publication of Notice of Election Agents||4:00 pm Wednesday 3 April 2019|
|Publication of Statements of Persons Nominated||4:00 pm Thursday 4 April 2019|
|Last Date for Registration||Friday 12 April 2019|
|Receipt of Postal Vote Applications||5:00 pm Monday 15 April 2019|
|Publication of Notice of Poll||Wednesday 24 April 2019|
|Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications||5:00 pm Wednesday 24 April 2019|
|Appointment of Poll and Count Agents||Thursday 25 April 2019|
|First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers||Friday 26 April 2019|
|Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoilt or Lost Postal Ballot Papers||5:00 pm Thursday 2 May 2019|
|Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications||5:00 pm Thursday 2 May 2019|
|Day of Poll||7:00 am to 10:00 pm Thursday 2 May 2019|
|Declaration of Candidates Expenses||Thursday 30 May 2019|