Elections - general information
Elections are a democratic process in which citizens over the age of 18 elect political or independent candidates to represent them and their interests locally (on the district, parish and county council), nationally (in Parliament) or internationally (in the European Parliament).
District and Parish Council Elections
The election of district councillors is held once every four years on the first Thursday in May, namely 2015, 2019, 2023 etc. The election of town and parish councillors takes place at the same time as that for the district councillors.
County Council Elections
The election of councillors to serve on the Lincolnshire County Council is held every fourth year on the first Thursday in May namely 2017, 2021, 2025 etc.
In West Lindsey there are 10 divisions for the county council, each represented by one councillor.
Police and Crime Commissioner Elections
The Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for holding the Chief Constable and police force to account on the public's behalf. They oversee how crime is tackled in their area and aim to make sure the police are providing a good service.
The election of the Police and Crime Commissioner is held every fourth year with the next elections taking place on Thursday 5 May 2016.
Parliamentary General Election
Parliamentary elections are held in response to Her Majesty the Queen dissolving Parliament and issuing a Writ to hold an election. The maximum term of office of a Government is five years. The last Parliamentary election was held on 7 May 2015.
The whole of the area administered by West Lindsey combined with one ward from East Lindsey District Council forms the Gainsborough Constituency.
European Parliamentary Elections
European Parliamentary elections are held every five years on a date which is determined by the council of the European communities and takes place throughout Europe between Thursday and the following Sunday of the specified week. The reason being that traditionally Member States vote on different days of the week, e.g. United Kingdom votes on Thursdays, Italy votes on Sundays. Elections were last held on 22 May 2014. West Lindsey is part of the East Midlands Region which is represented by five members of the European Parliament (MEP’s).
The next UK European Parliamentary Elections will be held in 2019.