By-elections called in South Kesteven

Two by-elections in different parts of South Kesteven take place next month, which will be contested on Thursday 24 February.

Voting for Isaac Newton and Aveland wards will be on the same day as a by-election for Colsterworth Rural electoral division of Lincolnshire County Council.

Candidates can be nominated from Friday 21 January, and nomination papers must be signed by a proposer and seconder who need to be local government electors for the relevant ward or division.

SKDC Chief Executive and Returning Officer for the district, Karen Bradford, said: "Councillors make a real difference to their communities and these elections will give people the chance to put themselves forward to help decide local issues.

"If you are interested in standing, please get in touch with our Elections team who can explain the process and assist with all aspects of the process, including the paperwork, campaigning and count arrangements."  

Information on how to become a councillor can be found via the SKDC website at www.southkesteven.gov.uk/becomecouncillor

Nomination papers and information packs are also available from the SKDC website at www.southkesteven.gov.uk/byelections or from the elections team: 01476 406080, email: elections@southkesteven.gov.uk 

The election timetable will begin with the publication of the Notice of Election on 20 January and prospective candidates will have until 4pm on Friday 28 January to submit completed nomination papers.

Full details on each election can be found at www.southkesteven.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15659

There are also deadlines for those who wish to vote. To take part, residents need to be registered to vote by the end of Tuesday 8 February. Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and register, particularly those who have recently moved or are turning 18. The website asks for your date of birth and National Insurance number in addition to the usual details of name, address, previous address and nationality.

Completed nomination papers must be delivered by hand to the office of the Returning Officer, Customer Services, St Peter's Hill, Grantham, NG31 6PZ between 10am on Friday 21 January and 4pm on Friday 28 January.  An appointment is required.

The week before, on Thursday 17 February, voters will go the polls to elect a parish councillor for Fulbeck, a vote administered by SKDC.

Details on all the by-elections and elections, the process and timetable, can be found online on the SKDC website via: www.southkesteven.gov.uk/byelections