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Town Councillor Poster

Standing for election

Please take a look at the Election Information Pack and individual documents on this page to learn more about becoming a councillor and what local councils do.

Elections are held every four years. Prospective candidates must complete the appropriate nomination papers available from the Town Clerk or local Returning Officer at Mid Devon District Council, Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton during the run up to an election.

By-election - occurs in the event a standing councillor ceases to hold office mid term. From the date of public notification, electors have 14 days excluding weekends, public holidays and certain specified days to request a poll to fill the vacancy. If a poll is claimed by at least ten electors then an election to fill the vacancy must be called within 60 days of the original notification of vacancy.

Co-option - Where a poll is not claimed, then the Town Council is obliged to co-opt, if the period of time until the next full election is greater than six months. Crediton's policy for co-option is to advertise the position for applications in writing. Applications are considered by Council and the successful applicant co-opted by resolution of Council.

Documents required to be completed by prospective cllrs are provided on the page, for more information contact the clerk.