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Council elections 2019

From: Simon Clark <Simon.Clark@eastriding.gov.uk>
Sent: Tue, 5 Feb 2019 14:57
Subject: Town and Paris Council Elections - 2 May 2019

Dear Parish/Town Clerk
In preparation for the May 2019 elections, East Riding of Yorkshire Council is holding a briefing session for candidates and agents who are standing in the local and/or town and parish elections on 2 May 2019.
Two briefings have been arranged for Tuesday 19 February 2019 and Wednesday 20 February 2019 from 5.15 pm at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Beverley, HU17 9BA.
The sessions will be led by Caroline Lacey, Returning Officer and other key election officers will also be in attendance.
The session will cover the following points:
  • ·        election timetable
  • ·        qualifications
  • ·        disqualifications
  • ·        nominations
  • ·        agents
  • ·        postal votes
  • ·        day of poll
  • ·        counting of votes
  • ·        candidates expenses
There will also be a question and answer session at the end.
Could I ask that you bring this to the attention of the members of your parish/town council as soon as possible. Anyone wishing to attend, should call the electoral services team on 01482 393300 by Friday 15 February 2019. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
In the meantime I have attached the nomination and related forms for the town and parish council elections. Please do not hesitate to circulate these or share them with whoever may be interested in standing for election. Hard copies of the forms will also be available at the briefing sessions.
The nomination period will open on Wednesday 20 March 2019, following the publication of the notice of election and will close at 4.00 pm prompt on Wednesday 3 April 2019. The nomination period is the time when nomination forms can be formally submitted. Due to the number of forms expected, an appointment system will be operated and I would urge candidates to use this. I would also urge candidates not to leave it until late into the process to submit their forms, as this will not give the opportunity for an informal check of the forms to be undertaken and adequate time for a candidate to make any required corrections or to prepare new forms for submission. Appointments can be made by calling (01482) 393207, 393208 or 393202.
I am aware that at previous parish and town council elections, the clerk sometimes collates all of the nomination forms for their parish and delivers them to County Hall, Beverley. These arrangements are quite satisfactory as the only stipulation in the electoral regulations are that the papers have to be delivered by hand to the stipulated place. The arrangement for the clerk to do this is, however, purely a matter for agreement between the individual clerk and their council.
Along with the attached forms, I would encourage candidates strongly to read the range of ‘guide for candidates’ publications which are available on the electoral commission website at the web address below. They are an extremely useful source of guidance and advice for candidates:
https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/local-elections-in-england
Guidance for candidates standing for local election in England or Wales, and their agents, on campaigning, accepting donations, spending money, your rights as a candidate, and reporting after the election
www.electoralcommission.org.uk
  • ·        The guides cover the following areas:
  • ·        Can you stand for election?
  • ·        Standing as an independent candidate
  • ·        Standing as a party candidate
  • ·        Spending and donations
  • ·        The campaign
  • ·        Your right to attend key electoral events
  • ·        After the declaration of results
Should you have any queries ahead of the briefing sessions, then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards 

Simon Clark
Electoral Services Manager
Tel
:   (01482) 393311
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