How Do I Get Elected? Local Parish Elections May 2020
To stand for election you must:
• Be a UK or Commonwealth citizen; or be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or be a citizen of another Member State of the European Union
• Be at least 18 years old
• Be an elector of the Ivers Parish Council; or in the past 12 months occupied land or other premises in the area we serve (as owner or tenant); or work in the area (as your principal or only place of work); or live within three miles of the Ivers Parish Council boundary.
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Candidates must choose which ward to stand for election in. The Ivers has four wards, Iver Village & Richings Park, Iver Heath, Iver Shredding Green and Wood Lane.
Candidates may only stand for election in one ward within the same Parish Council, however there is nothing to stop them standing in all 4 wards so long as they withdraw from all but one before the closing date, see below.
Usually the Parish Clerk will receive nomination papers from prospective councillors and hand deliver these to elections office currently SBDC council offices at Capswood, Oxford Road, Denham, UB9 4LH.
Parish clerks that receive any nomination papers may check that the number of nomination papers received are distributed across the parish wards before delivering them to the elections office. This avoids situations where one ward is contested but where other wards still have vacancies.
Nomination papers (nomination form, home address form, consent to nomination) must be hand delivered to the relevant election office (SBDC area = SBDC council offices) on a working day from the publication of notice of election, between 10am-4pm, but no later than 4pm on Wednesday 8 April. The notice of election will be published no later than Tuesday 31 March.
Candidates may hand deliver nomination papers themselves or may ask someone they trust e.g. a parish clerk to hand deliver them to the Deputy Returning Officer/elections office. Nomination papers cannot be sent in the post or electronically. Original signed forms must be provided.
If a candidate wishes to stand as a party candidate, and has permission from a political party, then they must complete a certificate of authorisation which enables them to use a political description, and if they wish an emblem to show on the ballot paper they must complete an emblem request form.
If you need any help completing the forms please contact:
The Electoral Commission’s guidance for Parish Council elections provides further information via:
Parish nomination papers are available from the Electoral Commission website (link below) and from SBDC elections office.