122 people have successfully been nominated to contest the 43 seats on Babergh District Council on May 5 this year. This is believed to be the highest number of candidates ever to have contested the four yearly elections to the Hadleigh-based authority.
The 122 candidates compares to the figure of 78 who fought the 2003 elections and the 87 four years later.
This year’s candidates come from a range of different political groupings – and none. There are:
• 34 Conservatives
• 1 Green
• 14 Independents
• 31 Labour
• 27 Liberal Democrat
• 14 UKIP
• 1 no description
Only one seat – Holbrook on the Shotley Peninsula - will not be having a contested election. This figure compares to the five uncontested seats in 2003 and seven in 2007.
With the district council nominations published, Babergh’s Senior Democratic Services Manager, Ray Amesbury took the opportunity to remind local government voters about the deadlines for postal and proxy voting. “If anyone wants a postal vote, for whatever reason, and is not already on the postal voter list they need to let us know by no later than 5pm on April 14. We will start sending out the postal ballot papers to voters’ houses from April 18 onwards”.
“Obviously, if anyone is going to be away from home from the middle of April to beyond polling day, they will not receive their postal vote ballot in time. Instead they should look at applying for a proxy vote which allows a voter of their choice to cast the ballots on their behalf”.
All of the relevant forms can be found at; http://www.babergh.gov.uk/Babergh/Home/Council+and+Democracy/Electoral+Information/Electoral+Forms.htm or by phoning (01473) 826609.