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Could I be a Councillor?

Published: 3rd March 2009 11:23

Here are the criteria that must be fulfilled by anyone wishing to stand for Neston Town Council

To be qualified to be elected a member of a Town or Parish Council, a person must be 18 years of age or over at the date of his or her nomination, and a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European Community, and either:

  1.  be a local government elector for the area of the Town; or
  2. have during the whole of the twelve months preceding the day on which he or she is nominated as a candidate occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the town; or
  3. his or her principal or only place of work in the twelve months preceding the day on which he or she is nominated as a candidate has been in the area of the Town; or
  4. have resided in the town or within 3 miles of the boundary thereof during the whole of the twelve months preceding the day on which he or she is nominated as a candidate.

There are certain disqualifications for election, of which the main (see s.80 of the Local Government Act 1972 and s.79 of the Local Government Act 2000) are:

  1. holding a paid office under the authority;
  2. being the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order;
  3. having been sentenced to a term of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) of not less than three months, without the option of a fine during the five years preceding the election; and
  4. being disqualified under any enactment relating to corrupt or illegal practices.

Please note that no deposits are required to stand for Town Council Elections.

If you have any questions, please telephone Cheshire West and Chester Council's Democratic Services department on 01244 977073.

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