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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Briefings to be held before May elections

POTENTIAL election candidates in Copeland are being asked to get in touch with council officials.

People planning on becoming a candidate in May’s local council elections are being invited to three special briefings with Copeland Borough Council’s elections team.

The elections, on Thursday May 5, will elect people to parish and borough councils, and there will also be a referendum on whether to change the UK’s parliamentary voting system.

All 51 of Copeland’s borough councillors will be up for re-election, with councillors serving a four-year term for the first time.

These briefing sessions will make sure everybody involved in standing for local elections are aware of the preparations they have to make before May.

Parish clerks are invited to attend a briefing on Tuesday at 5pm, to look at the issues around parish and town council elections.

There will then be a briefing session at 9.30am on March 18 for election agents, candidates and independent candidates in the borough council elections.

A separate briefing meeting will be held for agents and campaigners for the alternative vote referendum at 3pm on the same day.

People who attend will get information about the legislation involved in standing for election.

Councillor Norman Williams, Copeland’s portfolio holder for elections, said: “These briefings are incredibly important and I would urge all candidates, and their agents, to go along.

“Elections and the legislation around them can be complex and the elections team at Copeland can guide people safely through that maze of information and make sure everything is done correctly.”

All the briefings will be held at the Copeland Centre in Catherine Street, Whitehaven.

If you are unable to attend the briefing session and would like information, contact the elections office on 0845 054 8600.


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