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Anyone planning to stand for election in Lichfield and Burntwood is being urged to attend a briefing session on March 3. Taking place at Lichfield District Council’s Frog Lane HQ, the session will be for prospective parliamentary, district and parish council candidates and their agents. It will will provide an overview of what needs to be done to stand as a candidate, including the nomination process, the election timetable and key events, postal voting arrangements, the election campaign and spending. Diane Tilley, Returning Officer for Lichfield District Council, said: “We know there will be many people thinking of being a candidate in the upcoming elections. The briefing will help people understand the process and get a clearer idea of what to expect. I’d encourage anyone who is interested to come along to the briefing session.” To stand as a candidate at a UK Parliamentary general election in Great Britain you must, on the day you are nominated and on polling day, be:
  • at least 18 years old, and
  • either a British citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or an eligible Commonwealth citizen
To stand as a candidate for, district or parish council election, you must be at least 18 years old on the day of nomination and be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizen. You must also meet at least one of four qualifications:
  • be a registered local government elector for the relevant local authority area,
  • have lived in the local authority area for the whole of the previous 12 months,
  • have occupied, as an owner or tenant, any land or other premises in that local authority area for the whole of the previous 12 months, or
  • have had their main or only place of work in that local authority area for the previous 12 months.
The meeting starts at 5pm for prospective parliamentary candidates and at 6pm for prospective district and parish councillors. Anyone wanting to attend either briefing can call Lichfield District Council’s elections team on 01543 308125 or email elections@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.