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Time running out if you want to stand for council

Created on 29/03/2017 @ 07:31
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Welshpool area residents interested in taking part in this year’s local government elections have only a few days to register as candidates.

On 4 May elections will be held for all county council, town and community councils in Powys with 73 county council and 1,041 community council wards likely to be contested.

This includes county and town council seats in Newtown and surrounding communities.

Nominations for the elections will close on Tuesday, 4 April.

Powys County Council Chief Executive and Returning Officer, Jeremy Patterson said: “Residents can decide to become a councillor for a variety of reasons, for instance because they are active in their community or committed to a particular issue or political party, but whatever the reason they are often surprised by the amount and variety of interesting work.

“Almost anyone can be a local councillor and it is important that we get a range of different people from different backgrounds to represent local communities. It is a challenging role but one that can be very rewarding.”

At county council level, 73 county councillors are to be elected, with each county councillor representing an electoral division that comprises one or more communities with an average of approximately 1,500 electors.

For the 110 town and community councils in Powys, there is a total of 1,041 community councillors to be elected. The communities vary widely in geographical area and in their numbers of residents. The smallest has approximately 149 electors and seven councillors, while the largest has over 8,000 electors and 16 councillors.

Nominations opened on 20 March and will close at 4pm on Tuesday. 

Anbytone interested in obtaining a nomination pack or finding out more about the election process, should contact the Elections Office on 01597 826747 or visit or watch Powys County Council Chief Executive and Returning Officer explain the process on You Tube
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