Details of a by-election to fill the remaining two vacant seats on Upper Rissington Parish Council have been announced.
Nominations are now open and completed nomination papers must be delivered by hand to the Returning Officer at the offices of Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, Glos, GL7 1PX by no later than 4 pm on Friday 25 January 2019.
If the seats are contested, then a poll will take place on Thursday 21 February 2019.
More details and a nomination pack are available below.
Please contact the elections team with any questions about the elections process: email@example.com.
If you would like to find out more about being a councillor, then the clerk would be pleased to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the resignation of Brian Hanks, the councillor vacancy is being advertised via the attached public notice.
As we are within the 6 months before the ordinary elections on 2 May 2019, no election will be held to fill the vacancy. The Parish Council may fill the vacancy by co-option, and will be considering applications at its meeting on Wednesday 16 January 2019.
If you would like to express an interest in being co-opted, or would like to find out more about being a councillor then please contact the Clerk: email@example.com.
Why is there no election for this seat?
Different laws apply to casual vacancies that arise within 6 months of when a councillor would have retired his position anyway. The law does not allow a by-election to be called so close to the local elections; so the only way to fill the seat is through co-option.
When can co-option take place?
The Council may (but does not have to) co-opt someone to fill the vacancy once the Notice of Election has expired. The notice period is 14 days, not including Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays.
What about the other two vacant seats?
Since an election was called for the vacancies advertised in the summer, those seats can only be filled by election. Cotswold District Council is planning to rerun the election process early next year.
An election for TWO Parish Councillors for Upper Rissington Parish Council will take place on Thursday 6 December.
The Notice of Election has now been published and nomination papers are available to download. Paper copies can be obtained from the office of the Returning Officer at Cotswold District Council.
Anyone wishing to stand as a candidate at this election must complete and return a nomination paper by 4pm on Friday 9 November 2018. Please contact the Elections Team if you need any information or assistance, on 01285 623002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications to register to vote at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the Council Offices by midnight on Tuesday 20 November 2018.
The audit of accounts for Upper Rissington Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2018 has been carried out but cannot be completed for the reasons stated in the auditor’s certificate.
The Annual Governance & Accountability Return Sections 1, 2 and 3 have been published, and are available for inspection
by any local government elector of the area. Please see the attached notice detailing the rights of inspection.