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Ever thought about being a councillor? Act now

Any eligible person can now submit their nomination to stand in the May elections to be a member of Boston Borough Council.

All 30 seats on Boston Borough Council can be contested on polling day, Thursday, May 7.

To stand as a candidate you must be a British citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, an eligible commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of a country within the European Union and 18 or over on the day of nomination.

You must also meet at least one of the following:

For parish councils there is an additional option for qualification of having lived in the parish area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of nomination and the day of election.

Candidates only need to meet one of the above qualifications to be eligible to stand for election, but best practice is to state as many as applies.

You will need to obtain your nomination form from Lorraine Bush, Boston Borough Council's democratic services manager and deputy returning officer, who can be contacted on 01205 314224 or via e-mail

The deadline for submitting nomination papers is 4 pm on Thursday, April 9, but candidates are recommended not to leave this to the last minute. To be sure all is in order you can make an appointment with Lorraine before submitting and she will check your nomination form with you to be sure all is in order and there are no last-minute panics.

Nomination papers for the borough council must contain the candidates full names, address and description and be signed by a proposer, seconder and eight supporters (known as assentors). For parish council elections only a proposer and seconder are required. All supporters must be local government electors for the electoral ward in which the candidate wishes to stand and be 18 or over on the day of the election.

Candidates are required to submit a "consent to nomination" form with their nomination papers which must contain details of their eligibility to stand.

All nomination papers must be hand delivered to the offices of the Returning Officer, at  Municipal Buildings in West Street, Boston. It is not necessary for the candidate themselves to deliver the papers, they can ask someone they trust to deliver on their behalf, but they must be hand delivered.

Borough council candidates seeking election must declare on their nomination papers the political party they are standing for if, indeed, they are, together with a certificate issued by, or on behalf of, the registered nominating officer of a political party registered with the Electoral Commission. Otherwise they can use the description " Independent" or leave this section blank.

Parish council candidates may use a description of no more than six words. It can be any description providing it is sufficient to identify the candidate and not associate them with a political party.

Following an electoral review of the Boston area conducted by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England in 2012/13, the number of seats on the borough council is being reduced this election from 32 to 30. The review has also resulted in changes to the boundaries and names for the majority of the town wards.

The new wards and number of seats for each ward are: Fenside 2 councillors; St. Thomas's 1; Skirbeck 3; Staniland 2; Station 1; Trinity 2; West 1; Witham 2; Coastal (Benington, Butterwick, Freiston, Leverton) 2; Fishtoft 3; Five Village (Algarkirk, Bicker, Fosdyke, Sutterton, Wigtoft) 2; Kirton and Frampton 3; Old Leake and Wrangle 2; Swineshead and Holland Fen (Amber Hill, Holland Fen with Brothertoft, Swineshead) 2; Wyberton 2.

Election will also take place on May 7 for a new MP for the Boston and Skegness constituency.

To be eligible to stand for Parliament candidates must, on the day of nomination and on polling day, be a British citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or an eligible Commonwealth

citizen and be 18 years or over.

Unlike local elections, Parliamentary candidates do not have to meet any other qualifying criteria, such as being on the register of electors.

The process for the Parliamentary election begins on receipt of the Writ, which is issued after the dissolution of Parliament. Once the Writ has been received the Notice of Election can be published and nomination papers submitted from the day after publication. This is expected to be April 1.

Nomination papers for the Parliamentary election must contain the full name of the candidate, and be supported by a proposer, seconder and eight assentors who are registered electors for the Boston and Skegness Constituency and are over 18 on the day of the election.

Parliamentary candidates are required to complete a "Home Address Form" and submit this with their nomination papers. This gives them the choice of whether to publish their home address or just state the constituency in which they live, which would then appear on the ballot papers. A consent to nomination form is also required to be completed, but this does not require any qualification criteria to be given.

A deposit of £500 in cash or by bankers draft is required to be lodged by the candidate when submitting their nomination papers. This is returned after the poll if the candidate receives at least five per cent of the votes cast.

Nomination papers must be hand delivered to the acting returning officer and can only be delivered by the candidate, the proposer or seconder, or an election agent if notification of their appointment has previously been given to the acting returning officer.

As with the local elections, the deadline for submission of nomination papers for the Parliamentary election is 4pm on Thursday, April 9.

Following the close of nominations, a statement of persons nominated will be published for the Parliamentary election, all wards on the borough council and for all parish councils. This states the names of the candidates, their address, description and names of the proposers, seconders and assentors.

Counting of the votes for all the elections will take place immediately after the close of poll at 10pm on May 7.

The results will be published on the council's website - - as they are announced, with final results expected between 5am and 6am on Friday, May 8.