Time to come out from behind the keyboard
Boston Borough Council goes to the polls on Thursday, May 2, presenting an opportunity for any eligible person to stand for election.
All 30 seats in Boston and across the borough will be available to be contested.
Any resident can stand for election providing they are:
British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union;
At least 18 years old;
Registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or occupied as owner or tenant land or premises in the borough area for at least 12 months before an election.
Whether you've been selected by a political party or are standing as an independent candidate, you must make sure that you are officially nominated as the election date draws nearer. This means getting ten people to sign your nomination papers (signatories must be registered electors in the ward where you wish to stand). Nomination papers will be available from the council's electoral services department from the beginning of March, 2019, onwards.
All the necessary documents must be submitted by 4pm on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 (19 working days before the day of the election).
Council leader, Cllr Michel Cooper, said: "I know there are many people out there who are not currently councillors who are very interested in local democracy.
"I have read their views, opinions and ideas on social media about how the council should run and some are very publicly critical of the current council and its elected members. So this is their chance to really stand up and be counted, quite literally. This is their opportunity to really get involved at a working level and make a real difference, rather than criticising at safe distance. I hope they don't pass up on this chance."
You can't be a councillor if you:
Work for the council you want to be a councillor for, or for another local authority in a politically-restricted post;
Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order;
Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the five years before election day;
Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court.
If you are in any doubt about whether you are eligible to stand as a councillor, you should contact the council's democratic service manager, Lorraine Bush, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her Lorraine Bush, Democratic Services, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR.