There will be elections on 2nd May 2019 for both the Town Council and the new Dorset Council. Individuals will be putting themselves forward for a five year term instead of the usual four years, to align with the Dorset Council.
Mid-February – the forms will be available on www.dorsetforyou.com./councillors-committees-elections/councillors-committees-and-elections
15th March – Notice of Election
18th March to 3rd April at 4pm – Nominations can be received.
4th April – Statement of persons nominated is published
12th April – Last day to register to vote
15th April 5pm – Receipt of postal vote applications. Anyone who is on the register can have a postal vote for any reason, either for an indefinite period, just for this election (helpful if you are on holiday) or away for a period of time (useful for students in temporary accommodation). Electors can download forms from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk . Please ensure that people do not already have postal votes as a new application may cancel their existing postal vote and give them less time to receive their postal ballot papers in the post.
24th April – Notice of Poll
2nd May – Elections 7am to 10pm
4th May – The count for the Town Council will be held on the Saturday
6th May – Bank Holiday Monday
7th May – First working day after results
The existing Chairman remains in place until 13th May and will preside over the first agenda item.
13th May – Annual meeting of the Town Council
To view The Electoral Commission timetable for local elections in England click here.
Please get in touch if you feel you would like to discuss the role of a Town Councillor, and are considering standing for the Town Council in this year’s elections. Please click here to view the Information Pack for prospective Town Councillors. The Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils will be running new councillor courses.
To register to vote, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Information on purdah can be found at: http://www.local.gov.uk/our-support/purdah.
Nomination packs are available online at www.dorsetforyou.com.elections and from Councils’ Elections Offices from mid-February.
Further guidance for prospective candidates relating to town and parish council can be found on the Electoral Commissions website.
It is the duty of the individual candidate to ensure delivery by hand of the nomination forms to the Council Offices in Dorchester between the publication of notice of election and the close of nomination. Delivery, by hand and appointment only, between Monday 18 March 2019 and 4pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.
Very important – both must be completed in order for a candidate’s nomination to be accepted.
Candidate’s details: It is not permissible to use abbreviations e.g. Jon M Jones instead of Jonathan Michael Jones; both the name and address provided must be in full. A telephone number and e-mail address will be useful in case the Electoral Service Office needs to contact the candidate.
Description: Candidates may put the description/occupation they wish to appear on the ballot paper, such as: Independent – Teacher – Housewife – Farmer etc.
If a candidate is standing for a political party then this party must be a registered political party. The relevant form must be completed, including the request to use an emblem if this is required, in order for the nomination to be accepted.
Parish elections require a Proposer and a Seconder from the relevant Parish or Parish Ward the candidate is standing for. The candidate, proposer and seconder must sign the nomination paper, print their name and include their full electoral number (i.e. the letters representing the polling district – on the front cover of the Register together with the number beside the elector’s name). Make sure you use the correct register which is the one published on 1 March 2019.
The Consent to Nomination: This must be completed and signed for the candidate’s nomination to be accepted. At least one section (a), (b), (c) or (d) must be filled in. It is recommended that you complete as many of the sections to which you qualify and if completing section A be sure to include your electoral register number. The witness can be anyone (except officers in the Council Election Office).
Election expenses must not exceed £740 together with an additional 6p for every entry in the Register of Electors for the Parish/Parish Ward. The Declaration of a Candidate’s expenses must be made by Thursday 30th May 2019 – even if it is a NIL return. It is an election offence to not complete a return. A record must be kept of all spending (invoices and receipts) of £10 or more. Please note that these expenses are not recoverable.
Town Council Wards
The North Dorset (Electoral Changes) Order 2014 abolished the 5 wards of Blandford Forum and created 4 wards as follows: Blandford Central, Blandford Hilltop, Blandford Langton St Leonards and Blandford Old Town Ward. Three Councillors will be elected to represent each ward with the exception of Blandford Central which will be represented by seven Councillors.
Information on Ward Boundaries can be found on the Town Council page.