May 7th Elections
Notice of the Local Elections is expected to be published on 25 March 2015 – this is the date that persons can become candidates and may submit nominations (between 10am and 4pm excluding weekends and bank holidays) up until 4pm on 9 April 2015. The nominations MUST be delivered by hand and no exceptions can be made for late submissions.
Withdrawals can only be made within the time for submission of nomination papers i.e. up to 4pm on 9 April. This is a new requirement – in the past people have submitted nominations for 2 wards within a parish and then withdrawn from one when they have seen who is standing in the other. This is no longer an option as the candidate lists are made public after the time for withdrawals. If there are more candidates than seats, the election is contested and a poll is held. If there are the same number or less candidates to vacancies then those candidates are elected uncontested. If there are insufficient candidates to the number of vacancies, providing there is a quorum of elected councillors, the Parish/Town
Council may fill any outstanding councillor vacancies by co-option. Parishes/towns should be aware that if there are insufficient nominations for the parish/town to form a quorum then a fresh election
will be ordered to be held 35 days from the date of the 7 May
Electoral Administrator, South Hams District Council