Do you think you could be an OBSCA Councillor?
You can become an OBSCA councillor if you:
- have been an OBSCA member for a minimum of 3 months
- are British, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union
- are 18 years of age or over
- are registered to vote in the area or if you have lived, worked or owned property in the area for at least 12 months before an election.
You can't become a councillor if:
- You work for a council in a 'politically restricted' post
- You are bankrupt or have been surcharged in excess of £2,000
- You have served a prison sentence (or suspended sentence) of three months or more in the five years before election
- You have been disqualified under any legislation relating to corrupt or illegal practices.
You will also need to send your CV to OBSCA who may invite you to attend a Selection Board to establish your suitability, commitment, and relevant experience.
If successful you will be added to our list of hopefuls who can subsequently apply for any impending OBSCA Ward election or by-election. The relevant Ward Committee will then invite you for interview. Sometime later you may be asked to stand as their OBSCA candidate. Good luck.
The next local elections are in 2014 although by-elections do happen - the successful East Wickham by-election in January 2009.
Want to find out more then read the Conservative Guide to becoming a Councillor or contact any of our OBSCA Councillors who will be happy to discuss their role. Prospective candidates will be expected to build up a history of helping with OBSCA canvassing and leafleting sessions.
At most local elections we get Councillors standing down for a variety of reasons - not least because of the levels of continual commitment required!