Upcoming Elections: May 2023

Key dates for those wishing to stand in the May 2023 elections:

  • Candidate Nominations window – 10am on Tuesday, 21 March 2023 to 4pm on Tuesday, 4 April 2023 (Do not submit nominations close to the deadline as errors can make them invalid with no time for issues to be resolved)
  • Electoral Registration Deadline – Monday, 17 April 2023
  • Postal Vote Application Deadline – 5pm on Tuesday, 18 April 2023
  • Proxy Vote Application Deadline – 5pm on Tuesday, 25 April 2023

Lewes District Council is responsible for managing all local elections within the Lewes District, including Seaford. All relevant details regarding elections can be found on the District Council website.

Delivery of nominations will be to the Lewes District Council offices, Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes, BN7 1AB AND BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Appointments are to be made by emailing electoral@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk

The District Council will also be offering a ‘preliminary’ check of nomination papers before formal submission.  Should anyone like an informal check, they can email their nomination papers to electoral@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk

Councillor Duties

To download a full list of the current Councillors, their contact details, memberships to Committees and the Seaford Ward Map click here

What is a Town Councillor?
Councillors are the champions of the community and give residents a voice on the decisions Seaford Town Council makes. Becoming a Town Councillor will allow you to make a real difference in the Seaford community by:

  • engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs;
  • making decisions on which services and projects Seaford Town Council should take forward; and
  • getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.

How long does it take?
A recent national Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to outside bodies.

Can I stand?
There are only a few eligibility criteria to stand for election. You must:

  • Be a UK or Commonwealth citizen; or be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or be a citizen of another Member State of the European Union;
  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be an elector of the local council; or in the past 12 months occupied land or other premises in the area the local council serves (as owner or tenant); or work in the area local council serves (as your principal or only place of work); or live within three miles of the local council boundary.

 

Download a Seaford Town Council Information Pack:
Become a Councillor Information Pack

Do you have more information on the nomination and election process?
Information on the nomination and electoral process can be found on the electoral commission website.

ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE – The Good Councillors Guide also visit the National Association of Local Councils website for plenty of guidance about becoming a town councillor and what to expect.

More information about Seaford Town Council can be found here