Group elections

The LGA Independent Group will hold elections for the posts of Group Leader, Deputy Group Leader and Treasurer between May and July 2021. An electronic ballot will be held.


The Local Government Association (LGA) Independent Group will hold elections for the posts of Group Leader, Deputy Group Leader and Group Treasurer between May and July 2021.  This will be an electronic ballot with a unique voter link issued to members on Thursday 3 June with the ballot closing at 5pm on Thursday 1 July.  Only councillors from councils in membership of the LGA and able to receive support from the Independent Group, at the time of close of nominations, will be eligible to stand for election.

Guidance and nomination papers

Further information on the election process can be found at Appendix 2 of the Independent Group Constitution and the election timetable can be found below.

Results will be announced at the Group Annual General meeting on Tuesday 6 July, as part of the LGA Annual Conference.

Date 

Activity and time

Friday, 7 May 2021

Nomination papers available from the RO and on the group’s website. Purdah period begins

Thursday, 27 May 2021

Deadline for delivery of nomination papers (including personal statements) – 5pm

Thursday, 27 May 2021

Provisional Statement of Persons Nominated e-mailed to all candidates – 5pm

Friday, 28 May 2021

Deadline for withdrawal of nomination papers – 5pm

Friday, 28 May 2021

Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated – a little after 5pm

Thursday, 3 June 2021 

Voters to receive their unique voting link

Thursday, 1 July 2021

Online voting form closes at 5pm

Friday, 2 July 2021

Calculation of election results begin.

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Declaration of election results at Independent Group AGM between 9.30am – 10.30am

 

 

Frequently asked questions

Are members on multiple authorities allowed more than one vote?
No. As 1.3c of the guidance states, each member of the Independent Group will receive one vote for each of the positions up for election.

Does the personal statement need to be submitted as a pdf?
Personal Statements should be submitted as a pdf or a word document that the RO will convert to a pdf.

Will voters have to vote in each ballot?
Voters will need to select an option for each election but there will be blank option for those who do not wish to choose a candidate.

Will voters be able to vote more than once?
No. Each member will receive a personal link to a voter paper. This is exclusive to them and can only be used once.

Are hyperlinks allowed in personal statements?
Yes this is permitted, as the design and content of the personal statement is to be determined by the nominee (as set out in paragraph 2.12 of the guidance). However may I remind candidates that the personal statement must be limited to two sides of A4.

What do I do if I can’t find my ballot paper?
Please contact the Returning Officer on Paul.Goodchild@local.gov.uk to arrange for the email containing all voting information to be reissued.