Do you live in Kenardington?
Owing to the recent resignations of two parish councillors there are now two vacancies on Kenardington Parish Council.
If you care about your village and would like to have a say in making decisions about its future please get in touch with the Parish Council Chairman Keith Ashby on email@example.com
As there has been no request by electors for an election to fill the vacancies these can now be filled by co-option. Below are the Ashford Borough Council Guidelines on the co-option process.
The council may co-opt whoever it pleases to fill a casual vacancy. However, that person must be qualified to serve as a councillor. Some councils advertise for expressions of interest in being co-opted. Although there is no legal requirement to do this, it is generally regarded as good practice to make the vacancy as widely known as possible.
The person co-opted must receive an absolute majority vote of the councillors present and voting. For example, where there is a council of eleven members and there are nine councillors present and voting, the absolute majority is five. Where there are more than two candidates for the vacancy, it may be necessary to run a series of votes, each time removing the candidate who has the least number of votes until one candidate secures an absolute majority.
The usual rules on voting apply. Provided that the meeting has a quorum, the decision must be made by a majority of members who are present and voting. The person presiding over the meeting may vote, and if there is an equality of votes they may exercise their casting vote. Members must vote by show of hands unless the council has standing orders that provide otherwise.
The council’s debate and vote on the co-option must be conducted in the public section of its meeting. It follows that the candidates, as members of the public, will be entitled to be present during the proceedings.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A COUNCILLOR PLEASE CONTACT THE CHAIRMAN ON 01233 733332 OR BY E MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org