Community Council Elections 20 October 2022

Community Council Elections are taking place for all Community Councils within the Argyll and Bute Area in October 2022. The formal Notices of Election will be advertised locally week beginning 15 August 2022. Nomination Packs are available from week beginning 15 August 2022 the Councils website and from the Returning Officer, Kilmory, Lochgilphead PA31 8RT. Please do not submit an application form until the opening of Nominations which is Thursday 18 August.

The Timetable for the election sets out the key dates to be aware of.

The Nomination period will run from Thursday 18 August to Thursday 8 September 2022 (closing date). Forms must be lodged with the Returning Officer by no later than 4.00pm on Thursday 8 September 2022.

If you wish to become a community councillor you must 16 or over as at 20 October 2022, be a resident within the community council area and be on the Local Government Electoral Register. Please phone 01586 555300 or e-mail: ero-abc@dab-vjb.gov.uk to get your Registration number or for Registration enquiries.

There are currently 56 Community Councils within Argyll and Bute, covering every geographical area from Cardross in the east to the islands in the west.   The Revised Scheme of Community Councils for 2022 is currently being reviewed by the Council and will be finalised prior to these elections taking place (for more information see - Community Council Review 2022 (argyll-bute.gov.uk)

Community Councils are voluntary bodies which exist within a statutory framework and which have been granted statutory rights of consultation. The general purpose of a Community Council is to ascertain, co-ordinate and express the wider views of the entire community within its agreed boundaries. They can complement the role of the local authority but are not part of local government. Their role is to ascertain in an active way the views of their communities in terms of local issues, needs and wishes and to convey these views to Argyll and Bute Council and other public authorities.

If you are interested in standing for election, please contact the election office at elections@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

 

Timetable

Monday 1 August 2022                           Register in force

Wednesday 17 August 2022                    Publication of Notice of Election

Thursday 8 September 2022 (4.00pm)    Close of Nominations and withdrawal of Nomination Paper

Thursday 15 September 2022                 Notice of Poll (if election contested)

                                                            Notice of Uncontested Election (if election uncontested)

Thursday 29 September 2022                 Issue of Postal Ballot Papers

Thursday 20 October 2022                 Election Day and final date for receipt of postal ballots

Tuesday 25 October 2022                      Count of Votes