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Residents invited to stand for local elections

Wanna run?

Residents wanting to find out more about becoming a candidate at the upcoming local or parish council elections in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area are invited to a series of forthcoming information sessions.

Anyone thinking of standing can attend, including existing councillors, Town or Parish Clerks, and those thinking about standing for the first time. Those acting as election agents are also welcome.

Matt Pitcher, Head of Electoral Services at BCP Council said:

“These briefing sessions are really useful for prospective candidates ahead of the elections. They will cover key points on eligibility for those wishing to stand, completing nomination papers, campaigning, and spending. There will also be an opportunity for questions after the sessions.”

“We are running separate sessions for local and parish elections as there are some differences, and people are welcome to attend both events.”

There will be four briefing sessions:

Thursday 23 February at 5.30pm - Room 14 Christchurch Library, covering BCP Council local elections.

Thursday 23 February at 6.15pm - Room 14 Christchurch Library, covering Town and Parish council elections.

Monday 27 February at 6pm - HMS Phoebe Room BCP Council Civic Centre, covering BCP Council local elections.

Thursday 2 March at 5.30pm - The Guildhall Poole, covering BCP Council local elections.

To attend an in-person session, people should email stating their name, which session(s) they would like to attend and whether they would like a hard copy nomination pack.

Anyone who is unable to attend one of the in-person sessions can join the 27 February session virtually, via Microsoft Teams. Those wishing to attend this session should email to request the meeting link.

For the sessions on the BCP Council Local Elections, Democratic Services colleagues will attend to outline the role of a councillor.

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