Elections 2019

Hart DC have now published the Notice of Election for the North Warnborough, RAF Station and Odiham wards.  Nomination papers may be obtained during normal office hours from the Returning Officer at Hart DC and must be hand delivered to the Returning Officer no later than 4pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

Further details about the parish council and the role of a Cllr can be found on the election page of our website or by contacting the parish office.

Ordinary Parish elections will be held on 2 May 2019. Parish councillors are elected for a term of four years and must seek re-election at the next full elections if they wish to remain in office. Any councillor elected mid-term as a result of a by-election must also seek re-election at the next full elections.

Odiham parish council is split into 3 wards with a total of 10 seats to try and ensure equality of representation for residents in the difference parts of the parish. The Odiham ward returns 6 councillors, North Warnborough has 3 councillors and the RAF has 1.  However, all councillors can participate fully in the activities of the parish council irrespective of the ward that elected them.

A number of current councillors intend to step down this May. If you are interested in standing, please contact the parish office for more information.

Poll cards will be issued on 26 March and will confirm each elector's polling stations.

Candidates will be able to submit new format nomination papers from Tuesday 26 March and as in previous years, nomination papers must now be hand delivered to the Returning Officer. Whilst the candidate does not need to deliver them in person, they cannot use the postal service to deliver them. Candidates may ask friends or relatives to deliver the papers to Hart DC.

Who can stand?
You can stand for election to a parish or town council if you are:

  • A British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and
  • 18 years or older on the day you become nominated for election.

And meet at least one of the following qualifications:-

  • You are and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish for which you want to stand from t h e day of your nomination onwards; or
  • You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election; or
  • 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 parish; or
  • You have lived in the parish or within three mile of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

You may, of course, qualify under more than one of the above categories.

You cannot be a candidate if:

  • You are employed by the parish council or hold a paid office under the parish council (including employment by any joint boards or committees of the council).
  • You are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order.
  • You have been sentences to a term of imprisonment of three month or more (including a suspended sentence) without the option of a fine, during the last five yes.
  • You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donation). The disqualification for an illegal practice begins from the date the person has been reported guilty by an election court or convicted and last for three years. The disqualification for a corrupt practice begins from the date a person has been reported guilty by an election court or convicted and last for five years.

Do I need to be a member of a political party?
No, you don’t have to be, as most parish councils are not political and most councillors sit as independent members of the council.

Nominations
Nomination papers must be signed by two electors (a proposer and seconder) who must be registered to vote in the parish ward for which you stand. The papers can be obtained from the Returning Officer at Hart District Council.

It does not cost anything to stand for election to a parish council.

Code of conduct and register of interests
A newly elected councillor has to sign an undertaking, as part of their written declaration of acceptance of office, that they will observe the council’s code of conduct. In addition, all councillors have to complete a register of interests within 28 days of the election, which is available for anyone to see.

Prospective candidates are advised to read the code of conduct (which can be found on the website) before standing for election so that they are aware of what will apply to them, and be sure that they are willing to complete the requirements for the register of interests detailed in the code of conduct.

Election expenses
Every candidate must make a declaration of their election expenses even if the election is uncontested. This must be made by 30 May 2019.

Contested and uncontested elections
A statement of all the nominations will be published after they close, including the names of those candidates validly nominated and those who no longer stand nominated (for example, invalid and withdrawn candidates, if any), with the reason why they no longer stand nominated.

If there are sufficient validly nominated candidates for the election to be contested, a notice of poll will follow giving further information about where and when the election will take place.

If, after the close of nominations and the time allowed for withdrawals, the total number of validly nominated candidates is less than or equal to the number of seats to be filled at the election, those candidates will be elected as parish councillors without contest.

If vacancies remain unfilled the parish council must co-opt further members.

Further information
More detailed information about standing for election as a parish councillor is available in the Guidance for Candidates published by the Electoral Commission.

Timetable for Local Elections from the Electoral Commission

The closing date for the submission of nomination papers is 4pm on the 3rd April 2019. Candidate withdrawals will not be accepted after this deadline.

Guidance for Candidates
The primary source of information and guidance for candidates remains the Electoral Commission and can be viewed here:

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-and-community-council-elections-in-england-and-wales

Hart DC will generally direct candidates who have queries about the process of standing to the above web site. They will provide local information such as where to deliver papers and count arrangements from the 12 March 2019. Nomination papers will also be available from the EC web site, but prospective candidates should note that the new format nomination papers are not currently available for download. Hart DC will also provide hard copy new format nomination papers from the 12 March 2019.

Purdah
Attached is some guidance from the Local Government Association in connection with the purdah period for the May 2019 elections.

https://www.local.gov.uk/our-support/purdah