Time to stand for Parliament


If you have ever fancied yourself as a Member of Parliament, you can now step forward to be a candidate at this year’s General Election.

From now through to 4pm on Thursday, April 9, officers at NKDC will be accepting nominations from anyone wanting to contest the Sleaford and North Hykeham Constituency seat.

To qualify for the Parliamentary Election, you must be aged 18 or over and be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen.

Nominations can also be made on any working day up to 4pm on April 9, by anyone wanting to stand for election to any of the 43 district council or hundreds of parish and town council seats becoming vacant within North Kesteven on May 7.

Elections will only be contested where more people stand for election in a parish or ward than there are number of seats available.

To qualify as a candidate in these local elections you must be aged 18 or over; a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen; and either live, work, own land or be registered to vote in the area.

There is a detailed process involved and specific requirements, which the NK Elections Team will run through on 01529 308238.

Nomination papers must be hand-delivered by the person seeking nomination to NKDC’s Sleaford offices on any working day, up to Thursday April 9, 10am to 4pm.

It is preferable to make an appointment as soon as possible by calling on 01529 308024 or email businesssupportteam@n-nesteven.gov.uk

Lists of everyone nominated will be published on the NKDC website at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk. The Parliamentary list will be posted at 5pm on April 9 and the local election lists at 4pm on Friday, April 10, followed by local notification on noticeboards.

Only people who are registered to vote can take part in the ballots. Deadline for registration is 5pm on Monday, April 20 and so if you have moved in recent months it is especially important to ensure you have registered.

Deadline for new postal vote applications and changes to existing postal and proxy arrangements is 5pm on Tuesday, April 21. Deadline for new proxy applications is 5pm on Tuesday, April 28. Where proxy is required on grounds of medical emergency or being called away on active service or for work, deadline is 5pm on Thursday, May 7.

Polling cards will be issued advising you of your local polling station and which elections are taking place. Polling will be between 7am and 10pm.

For voter registration go to : www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

For local arrangements see: www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/elections2015