Downham Market has 4 wards;
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Each ward has 5 Councillors in
Councillors can only stand for
Town Council if they live within 3 miles of any ward, or if they are working
in Downham Market.
He or she must be over 21 years of age and
qualified as an elector. This is only general guidance and the full
regulations are available to view at the Town Council offices
Each Councillor has to serve on 2
If a ward does not have enough
Councillors standing for election, it means the ward is uncontested
& the Standing Councillors are automatically placed in that ward, & an
election for that ward will not be held.
If a poll is claimed by ten
electors a bye-election of the usual kind by nomination and poll takes place
within 60 days of the notice of vacancy. If no poll is claimed within 14 days
of the notice of a vacancy, the Town Council may co-opt a new
Councillor. Further regulations apply which can be viewed at the Town
People who are interested in
becoming a Councillor for an uncontested ward can only become a Councillors in
that ward if the Full Town Council vote them in.
This is called co-opting.
Town Council comprises 20 members, elected every 4 years. The Mayor is elected
each year in May.