The Community Council Elections will take place in October this year. A change in the arrangements, governing Community Councils, means that from the inauguration of the new community councils there will be a maximum of 18 Councillors. If there are 18 or less candidates, all those so nominated will become Councillors without there being an election.
We believe in elections and choice. It means that everyone has a chance to be involved in the choice of people, who are engaged on its behalf on the Community Council. For the last election there were more candidates than council places and an election was held, administered by the Returning Officer for West Lothian.
Many more nominations than last time will be needed to ensure another election, a minimum of 19, but preferably many more.
The duties of a community councillor are not particularly onerous and the topics and tasks covered are mostly very relevant.
We encourage you to put your name as a candidate. Failing this, we seek your support to act as a proposer or assentor to someone else’s candidature?
If you wish to put your name forward as a candidate e mail firstname.lastname@example.org or if you are happy to simply offer your name as a proposer please let us know. Like last time, if there is an election, we hope to circulate a brochure of candidates biographies and ideas for Kirknewton for potential voters.
We expect there to be an event on Tuesday 29th August for those interested in being a candidate (it is not necessary to attend, but helpful for you) and on Thursday 31st August have an event for potential proposers.
A nomination form can be downloaded here Nomination Form
Further details on the Community Council elections can be found online here