Stanton Parish Council Vacancy
Details of this vacancy and how to get involved can be found at: https://stanton.suffolk.cloud/news/vacancy-for-parish-councillor/ and also: https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/Council/elections/vacancies-elections-results/elections/index.cfm
Sadly contested elections – where the electorate actually have the opportunity to vote – are a non-event in Stanton, the last contested Parish Council election was in 1995 when Cllr Miller topped the poll. The last contested by-election was back in 1989, since then the parish council has filled any ‘casual’ vacancy by co-option simply because the required ten people have not asked for an election. The last Borough/District Council contested election was in 2007, unlike the County Council where Cllr Spicer has had a contested election every four years since 1989.
The reasons for non-contested elections are quite simple, to have a by-election needs just ten people to sign a paper asking for an election – the interesting bit is that when the election is scheduled none of these ten have to sign up as candidates!
For full Parish Council elections unless there are more people put up as candidates than there are places to be filled there will be no contested election, so by just filling in a nomination paper it is possible to become a councillor. The same applies to Borough, District and County Councils. More candidates than places will require a contested election with the chance for the electorate to choose their Councillors!