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By-elections announced for Grantham and Stamford next month

There will be two by-elections taking place in different parts of South Kesteven next month.

They follow the death of Councillor Mike Exton (Stamford All Saints Ward) and the resignation of Councillor Helen Goral (Grantham Arnoldfield Ward). The elections will take place on Thursday, October 28.

Voting will coincide with two by-elections for All Saints North and St Mary’s wards of Stamford Town Council on the same date.

Helen Goral has reisgned as a councillor leading to a by-election in Grantham. (51502183)
Helen Goral has reisgned as a councillor leading to a by-election in Grantham. (51502183)

Candidates can be nominated from Thursday, September 23, and nomination papers must be signed by a proposer and seconder who need to be local government electors for the relevant ward.

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

These explain the process and the election timetable as well as matters relating to voting, campaigning and count arrangements.

The election countdown begins this week with the publication of the Notice of Election. Candidates now have until 4pm on Friday, October 1 to submit completed nomination papers.

SKDC Chief Executive and Returning Officer for the district, Karen Bradford, said: “This week marks the start of the period for people to put themselves forward as a candidate to represent their community.

“Public service by being a district or town councillor allows people to raise issues they feel passionate about or use their skills to help shape the future of where they live.

“We would encourage anyone who is interested in standing for election to get in touch and find out more before the deadline.”

Nomination papers must be subscribed by a proposer and seconder who must be registered as local government electors within the relevant ward.

To take part in the voting and have their say, residents need to be registered to vote by 12 October.

SKDC is encouraging residents to go online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and register, particularly those who have recently moved or are turning 18. The website asks only for your date of birth and National Insurance number in addition to the usual details of name, address, previous address and nationality.

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