A BY-ELECTION will be held to fill the vacant seat on Hedon Town Council, following the resignation of Sarah Jordan recently.
The Town Clerk, Joanna Richardson, explained: “10 or more electors have written to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council requesting that one be held.”
“Details of dates, candidates and location of polling station(s) will be advertised by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council who will administer the election procedure.”
The news will have certainly surprised civic leaders – it’s the first time that a by-election has been requested for many years. Normally, after the statutory notice informing residents of their right to claim an election expired, the Town Council would co-opt somebody from those who had expressed an interest.
The cost of the election to the town of Hedon could be upwards of £1,500 if more than one candidate stands and it goes to a vote.
In recent by-election experience in Withernsea, then turn-out blighted one poll in December 2012 with only 131 people voting out of an electorate of 2,267, and the second election in February 2013 was uncontested.
Now an election has been requested in Hedon – and the news is out – it will be interesting to see who throws their hat into the ring and the issues that come to the fore.
The East Riding Council says this on its website about standing for elections:
To become a councillor of a town or parish council or of East Riding of Yorkshire Council you must be 18 years of age or over, and comply with at least one (or more) of the criteria below:
- You are a registered elector for area that you wish to stand for
- The area you wish to stand for is your principal or only place of work within the past 12 months or more
- You have occupied land in the area you wish to stand for, either as an owner or tenant, within the past 12 months or more
- You have resided in the area you wish to stand for within the past 12 months or more